Originally Posted By: rmoore
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Not sure if Dan was being facetious or not, but his 30 year old (?) water heater raises a point I?ve been somewhat uncomfortable with in my reports. I was taught, and all the so-called life-span charts seem to agree, that the normal life expectancy of a water heater is 10 ? 12 years. When I see one at this age or beyond I have been recommending replacement as a preventative measure even if they appear to be externally pristine. The oldest one I have inspected so far was 38 years old (electric), and appeared to be fully functional without any external rusting (it did have a funky old TPR valve).
I am in a soft water area (basically snow-melt) and am wondering if these ?average? life expectancies, which I assume take into account more caustic water regions, are actually shorter than they need to be for my area. I have nothing against covering my butt when the heater is in an area that could cause water damage but, when in a garage or unfinished basement, I sometimes feel that I?m suggesting they discard a perfectly fine unit. I know the warranties run out at between 5 to 10 years, but those are probably also based on national conditions.
Anyone got any thoughts on this?
Sorry about the thread drift. Still seeking responses on Delta for David.
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