Handley Brown Water Heater

Earlier this week I inspected a 1949 house. The furnace dates 1980 and is going strong. The water heater though, WOW. When I first saw it I thought “Wow, That thing must be older than me (1962).” After some internet research and deductive reasoning This Handley Brown water heater may be original to the house.

Looks beautiful and working great!!


They just don’t build em like they used to.


Working and working efficiently are completely different.

Definitely needs a combustion test (assuming it’s gas) to ensure the burner is firing safely. It’s old, it can either work another 5 years or start leaking at anytime.