world's oldest operative electric water heater

Originally Posted By: rfarruggia
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I’ve come across a few really old gas fired water heaters, and countless tankless coils that must be 50-60 years old, but today’s takes the cake.


Very nice four bed, 2 1/2 bath house with laundry facilities. Well maintained, but also well used, with (get this) a perfectly operative 1974 electric Rheem water heater. Plenty of hot water, no sign of discharge from the t/p, exterior in excellent shape.

Had to tell the buyer to replace it, but I also told the seller to call the Guiness Book as this unit can only be described as a freak of nature.

Anybody ever come across an older electric unit?


Originally Posted By: Blaine Wiley
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1971 Ruud PE-40 last week. Original with the house!! Very very unusual here where the average life is probably six to ten years.


Originally Posted By: jhagarty
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Many of the older water heaters had Copper or Monel alloy linings.


They were designed to last longer. Also more expensive to manufacture using speciallty alloys.

http://www.hpalloy.com/DataSheets/index.html


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