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A small leak developed at the anode bung and the water ran down to the lower thermostat, caused the stat to ground out onto the tank and burnt a hole in the tank as well as lighting the plastic on fire. That's the coolest heater failure I've seen yet. I just wish I could have been there to seen her blow. Is that twisted?
 

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I've seen them but not when it happened.
 

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Wouldn't be so bad if it was just a leaking element, but getting the stink out of the old one is impossible after they've burned like that. I've only seen a few burn through the element.
 

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It was in the garage. I told him that it's a good idea to put in a pan and drain, but since it's in garage with block walls and good slope going out the garage it not essential or required by code.
 

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American Water Heaters
 

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Isn't that who makes them for whirlpoo also?
It looks like a pan drain could be ran out the wall to the right. Looks like an outside wall to me. But pro says its not required so i wouldn't have either. Pans are not 100% by the way,but do work in most failures.
 

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Yes. I am pretty sure they make them for whirlpool too. I think they private label about 10 or 12 brands.
 

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I do not like American water heaters, over half I've ran into they didn't leave the anode rod accessible for service. I'm not cutting my own hole just to check/change the anode sorry. Personally I like Bradford and rheem, best and always stocked in my area. But I'm in a small town also and the only other brands are bought by home owners from Home Depot or lowes.
 
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