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View Poll Results: Would you put a water heater back in operation after a fire?
No. 38 77.55%
Yes. 4 8.16%
Yes, I'll comb rice in a field to make a buck at this point 0 0%
I don't know if it is a good idea or not 0 0%
Too much risk, even though the problem was found 10 20.41%
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Old 10-19-2010, 03:38 PM   #1
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Default Would you work on a water heater that caught on fire?

Customer called today for a nearly 11 year old 50 gallon electric water heater, caught on fire at the upper thermostat.

Wires came in contact with each other, fried everything. Might as well figure new elements and thermostats (upper/lower)

or you're just plain retarded to leave that door open for a call back.


Told the fellow of the costs for the parts (nearly $100) and my time, would definitely be in your best to replace that water heater.


He told me the jacket for the yellow wire is completely burned off. Who knows if it didn't damage the breaker back at the panel.

Anything is possible at this point and the last thing I'm going to do is be the last hands on a water heater, 10+ years old that shows signs of being on fire, being held on the hook for time and effort of revamping that heater... and then it fails shortly thereafter (it can happen).


I don't waste my time on calls like these, and after I got tired of hearing him repeat himself making it sound like all I need to do is bring electrical tape, I sent him off to another plumber to enjoy his strife without hot water.


I got real smart to working on electric water heaters; I'm not working on them. Either replace it or GTFO. I've tried replacement thermostats and if they are not proprietary (A.O. Smith heaters are proprietary) that you spend more time and aggravation than it's worth, standing in front of something that has a far better value in guarantee with a warranty on the materials.


Besides,

Dr. Phil is on and the topic is housewives. mmmyes!!!!!!!!

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Eectric...oil or gas and how badly was it burnt..... just from flame roll out.... I need more info
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My insurance agent says no
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Honestly it depends on what the situation is. If the warranty has been compromised and that is verified with manufacturer, then definitely not.
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Depends on how badly burnt..how old the heater is..

A heater is a tank and jacket , thermostats and elements and wire. Im not afraid...if an electrician is needed for the house wiring..its not mine.
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Now that we know the facts....then yes a tank replacement is the recomendation.

a 10 year old tank and the cost to repair out weights the cost of a new one..
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My insurance agent says no
tell him to take a hike.... no way will I try to repair
a burnt up water heater ....
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that is just asking for trouble...

I rebuild bradford white and rheem electrics all
the time with heavy duty SS elements and new
upper and lower t stats..... all for the low low
price of 289.00....

but not if they have that special smell to them
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