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Old 02-22-2013, 06:23 PM   #1
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Me and my wife purchased this house about 6 years ago. Well I have been DIY crazy lately driven by both lack of $$ and passion. I wanted to do some maintenance on my gas boiler and water hear this weekend. I read up on it and watched some videos so I was gonna start with a flush of my water heater and maybe replace the anode rod. Well I was just downstairs and there was an inspection sticker on there(see pics). Not sure what to do but from what I read hot water heaters usually last about 20 years(this is a Rheem). The heat and hot water work fine but I assume this will be crapping out in the near future. Should I still do the maintenance or because its so old it might do more harm than good? Thanks.
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Old 02-22-2013, 06:49 PM   #2
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You are supposed to test the TP valve every year. No one does, but you are supposed to. I tested it on my 12 year old water heater and it wouldn't close completely.

If you catch my drift.

Personally I wouldn't want a 27 year old water heater in my house.

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Old 02-22-2013, 07:02 PM   #3
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Boy, that is a great advertisement for Rheem. That is a great run for a Water Heater. Go ahead and drain off a couple of buckets after you get a replacement in the on deck circle.

Is there a sediment filter or neutralizer in line before the WH? Are you on city or well water?

Is there a receipt in there? Id love to see that.
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Me and my wife purchased this house about 6 years ago. Well I have been DIY crazy lately driven by both lack of $$ and passion. I wanted to do some maintenance on my gas boiler and water hear this weekend. I read up on it and watched some videos so I was gonna start with a flush of my water heater and maybe replace the anode rod. Well I was just downstairs and there was an inspection sticker on there(see pics). Not sure what to do but from what I read hot water heaters usually last about 20 years(this is a Rheem). The heat and hot water work fine but I assume this will be crapping out in the near future. Should I still do the maintenance or because its so old it might do more harm than good? Thanks.

Dont waste the time, replace it and get peace of mind and clean hot efficient water!

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Boy, that is a great advertisement for Rheem. That is a great run for a Water Heater. Go ahead and drain off a couple of buckets after you get a replacement in the on deck circle.

Is there a sediment filter or neutralizer in line before the WH? Are you on city or well water?

Is there a receipt in there? Id love to see that.
Sediment or neutralizer filter in line?? You mean as part of the system? I would not know what it looked like. We are on town/county water.
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Light incense & pay homage to the aged one but
Don't touch it unless you want to replace it.

My business profits nicely from folks touching old HWT's.
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It's possible it might do more harm than good. You won't know until you try.

However, I would be standing by with a new one just in case everything goes to crap for you while your doing the maintenance on it. In my opinion, I would replace it as soon as possible. I don't know how much hot water you need, but you can pick up a short 40 at sears for 399 this weekend only. Of course that would be another 400 or so to have it installed by a lincensed plumber. In NY state; boilers, furnaces, and hot water heaters have to be installed by a lincensed professional to obtain their 10 year waranty and also your home owners insurance requires it as well. Home owners cannot install these items, unless of course, the home owner is a lincensed professional.

How many plumbers out there are just shaking their heads right now. Wow! that is fantastic. 25 years of service. Good for you brother.

If you go ahead with the maintenance of it, let us know how it worked out for you. Thanks.

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Thanks all....I'm leaning towards not doing the flush etc. I guess I will just wait until my hot water runs out...lol. I have no idea what these cost....I'm going to web search now..uh oh!!! Now I'm worried about the boiler.

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Thanks all....I'm leaning towards not doing the flush etc. I guess I will just wait until my hot water runs out...lol. I have no idea what these cost....I'm going to web search now..uh oh!!! Now I'm worried about the boiler.
yep agree with how....don't touch it ..wait till it breaks..if its working fine let it shineben sr
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I guess I will just wait until my hot water runs out...
That's only one of two things that could happen. It could also start leaking. Depending on where it is and what kind of damage it could do if it did, I'd replace it.
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Wow, they dont last like that in Vegas. We've been in our house for seven years and we're on our second one already.
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Check your water pressure. The higher it is over 70 PSI, the shorter the stat lifespan.
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I wouldn't do anything to it.
I would buy a new one with new valves and whatever I would need to replace it and have it ready to install at anytime.
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I wouldn't do anything to it.
I would buy a new one with new valves and whatever I would need to replace it and have it ready to install at anytime.
Is this a DIY project? Maybe me and a bud or two? And some Buds

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We actually have two water heaters and two boilers. I have a 1st floor apartment. The other is an AO Smith. I am wondering how old the boilers are. Based on my research last night those are thousands of dollars. There is no slitting your throat emoticon??? JK, thanks a lot for all the advice.

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