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    Default another "whatta you think post"

    if you had a chance to buy a gas fired water tank ten or more years old, still in the box, never opened, would you buy it? if not, why? just curious.

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    It is illegal to install such a water heater due to new safety codes

    that have been enacted since that wtr/htr was mfg.

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    It was illegal to continue manufacturing but no problem with selling and buying existing stock. Distributors bought truckloads of prior product of the flame safeguard systems required. Perhaps this is one of those. But I wouldn't buy it if I was concerned about warranty. Most start warranty 18 months after manufactured date regardless of install date.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zl700 View Post
    It was illegal to continue manufacturing but no problem with selling and buying existing stock. Distributors bought truckloads of prior product of the flame safeguard systems required. Perhaps this is one of those. But I wouldn't buy it if I was concerned about warranty. Most start warranty 18 months after manufactured date regardless of install date.
    i wouldn't be concerned with a warranty surely, but i don't think i would put it out for the trash man either. i think that would be a colossal waste to discard whether or not it was considered obsolete. jmho

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    Water heater warrantees either begin the day they were manufactured, or three months later. I have never heard of an 18 month free period. Sell the heater at a big discount and "as is". Now, if you were in the California SCAQMD district, it could not be sold or installed, because it would not meet the air quality
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    Quote Originally Posted by hj View Post
    Water heater warrantees either begin the day they were manufactured, or three months later. I have never heard of an 18 month free period. Sell the heater at a big discount and "as is". Now, if you were in the California SCAQMD district, it could not be sold or installed, because it would not meet the air quality
    i guess it could be installed secretly, though.

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    A recent one is likely more efficient, from both better insulation and burner tech. In the long run, a new one might save money and provide the required protection. Now, is that protection worth the potential hassles...not if you have any sense, but many of the codes are written for people that don't have any common sense and are designed to protect people from themselves or a momentary lapse of judgment.
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