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Old 08-12-2019, 04:34 AM   #11
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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
My mistake, it's actually a Rheem. I'll edit my post. Thanks for the heads up.
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Old 08-12-2019, 11:07 PM   #12
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Ok that's what I thought. I occasionally use Rheems, but only through my supplier, the "pro grade"...although I don't know if there is any difference between what is sold at HD and plumbing suppliers... I'm thinking MasterMark would know... he's our site resident Rheem expert...
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Ok that's what I thought. I occasionally use Rheems, but only through my supplier, the "pro grade"...although I don't know if there is any difference between what is sold at HD and plumbing suppliers... I'm thinking MasterMark would know... he's our site resident Rheem expert...
Most plumber I talk to don't hold Rheem in high esteem around here. Based on my personal experience I don't know if I would ever recommend one over an A.O. Smith or State Select, which I think are made by the same company.
I'm guessing you could find just as many people who wouldn't recommend either of those brands because of their own experience. I just like sticking to what I know works until it doesn't.
I even made sure to get one with the brass drain plug which was more expensive and supposedly indicates it's of at least marginally better quality. It was the "performance platinum" upgraded version.
The one it replaced was a 10 year old heater but I don't remember what brand.
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They are all made from crap dodge steel. It's money. The manufacturers know they have reached a plateau and will start to shrink if they build 40 year tanks. Even before the new epa requirments we were replacing 60's and 80's with 50's. Heating elements are very reliable these days and with the better insulation a 50 is fine for most families of 4. If it isn't we install two because most don't want the extra cost of the heat pump on top. Many houses around here with crawl spaces just have a 30 below each bathroom.


If a company started offering double or triple thick 30 gallon water heaters and advertised them to be used in pairs I bet they would sell like hot cakes. At the very least the diy market would eat them up. Easy to move and install, save money not paying a plumber, and they will last longer. And when one starts to leak you valve it off and use the other alone while you replace the other. Never go without hot water.


You know what does last forever? Commercial haet exchangers. You know the 8" steel pipes with a copper coil in them to be used with a boiler. Last I knew boilers still lasted a couple decades.

https://www.boilersupplies.com/bell-...t-exchanger/25
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Or find an old copper one


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Oldest water heater 1957, oldest boiler 1923. I have pictures of the boiler somewhere. I’ll try and find
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Back in the 80's I changed out at two different homes, two HOYT'S,
with 4 digit serial numbers copper tanks not leaking but the gas controls
were bad and not replaceable because too old,
on the first one I called the factory they said parts could not be replaced
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