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Unread 07-13-2019, 05:07 PM   #1
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Went and looked at a Water Heater the other day not for a leak but they couldn't get it to maintain a pilot.

Soon as I changed the thermocouple I started getting a lot of smoke from the draft hood. Started looking at the flue pipe and is was single wall all the way out a side wall. Flue sloped backwards and clearances all wrong from combustibles.

Talked them into an electric water heater.

Cute little Rheem water heater 47 yrs old.
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Went and looked at a Water Heater the other day not for a leak but they couldn't get it to maintain a pilot.

Soon as I changed the thermocouple I started getting a lot of smoke from the draft hood. Started looking at the flue pipe and is was single wall all the way out a side wall. Flue sloped backwards and clearances all wrong from combustibles.

Talked them into an electric water heater.

Cute little Rheem water heater 47 yrs old.

Wow, you'd be quite the car salesman. Pretty sure changing out a non-leaking water heater that old is a sin or something lolz jk.



I wouldn't have changed it just to see how long much longer it would last. Were they weekenders? Could you have changed the flue piping and gotten it working correctly?


The oldest I have changed was probably 60-70yrs, electric. We regularly change out 20, 30, and 40 yr old electric hot water heaters. Some really old cold water heaters too. The oldest around still working are 3 or 4 like 80 year old electrics. They are about 6-1/2' tall, dark olive drab like a ww2 jeep, and they octagonal or hexagonal, I forget which. The first time I saw one I thought it was a shower stall as the local police barracks had a dark olive drab shower stall but we replaced that a year or two ago.








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Not the oldest one I have ever done, but the oldest one lately, an old Sears from the 1970's

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You guys must have some good water over there. I think the oldest I've seen was 25 years old. Most I replace are 10 to 15 years old. They're usually pretty corroded after that much time.
Heck, even the one at my house rotted out at a bit under 4 years. It was a piece of crap Bradford White I got from home Depot since they were the only place open at 8 PM. I made sure to flush it yearly but never replaced the anode rods.
I'll install a water softener one of these days...
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A couple weeks ago I demoed 2 Hoyt copper lined heaters.
As far as I know, they were still in working order.
The controls looked a a bit scary. No relief valve
They stopped making them in the early '70's.
They didn't have relief valve ports, which were required in my area since at least 1970.
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A couple weeks ago I demoed 2 Hoyt copper lined heaters.
As far as I know, they were still in working order.
The controls looked a a bit scary. No relief valve
They stopped making them in the early '70's.
They didn't have relief valve ports, which were required in my area since at least 1970.



Just put one on both the hot and cold tappings. The chances of both sides corroding closed at the same time has to be nil.










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Probably 15 years ago I replaced an electric heater that was original to the house. It was a block house built in ‘52. They had built shelving around it that I had to rip out... you couldn’t even service it. When I was finally able to get it out there was obvious that they built the block walls around it.

I see 2-3 old heaters from ‘50s and ‘60s a year that are still working good, all electric.
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Just came back from yellow stone park and stayed in a small cabin
along the lake... The cabin was built in the mid 20s.. and we were very lucky just to drive into the park and actually find a place to stay with no reservations.... it was a little rough but beggers cant be choosers.. had a great time staying there for 2 nights....

This Old Smith electric
heater was dated 1960.... It still worked but was very, very hot... If you look close on the top left you can see the old
t+p valve installed on the hot water line going out of the unit.....

I really had my mis-givings about it but it never blew up while we were staying there
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You guys must have some good water over there. I think the oldest I've seen was 25 years old. Most I replace are 10 to 15 years old. They're usually pretty corroded after that much time.
Heck, even the one at my house rotted out at a bit under 4 years. It was a piece of crap Bradford White I got from home Depot since they were the only place open at 8 PM. I made sure to flush it yearly but never replaced the anode rods.
I'll install a water softener one of these days...

Depends on where you are here in MN.. Some water is pretty good, some really bad... Most heaters I change out are in the 15-20 year old range...


Now you say piece of crap Bradford...from Home Depot...are you sure about that? Bradford says they are only sold at plumbing wholesalers... Sold by professionals for professionals...


I mainly use them because I think they are a pretty good heater and only available through plumbers
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