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Old 02-15-2009, 06:44 AM   #1
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soemthing like this: http://worcester.craigslist.org/hsh/1034833365.html
looks nice and clean.

was in HD yesterday. the cheapest 40 gallon was $288. i need bigger, couldn't bring myself to drop about $400 on something like this.

would i be safe in buying used in this case?

also, i'm alone downstairs, but will have a tenant(s) upstairs soon. not sure how to plan for water heater gallon size, but obviously i'd like to stay on the small side. is 50 gals big enough?

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Old 02-15-2009, 06:54 AM   #2
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I have a 50 for a family of 5 with two teenagers. Never an issue. Depending on how hard your water is life expectancy for a heter could be short 5-8 yeras or long 10 plus. Why risk used . You can write it off. Worst case rent 1. It's more expensive but cheaper by the month as your tennant pays you.

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as long as the seller provides warranty paperwork and guarantees it works, i'd probably do it. talk him down to $100! ask why he's selliing it too. but i'd open the drain and look inside for buildup. as always, buyer beware.

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Man who is foolish enough to buy someone elses cast offs ain't saving money.
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Old 02-15-2009, 10:16 AM   #5
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Real risky buying that.

First, the serial number will trace back to the original selling agent.
If not in your area, you got no warranty.

Next, it may already have a crack in the liner.
And since you weren't there to see how they handled it while removing it. You don't know how ruff they treated it.

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Thanks.

So, no warrantee paperwork.

- Heater has been used for four years
- Seller switched to an on demand gas heater.
- Tank is warranted for another 5 years

Do you think this thing is basically past it's working life?

Maybe worth $50?

I still can't see dropping $400 on a new one, when I can get a new boiler for $1,000.

Thanks. The seller seems like a good guy, said it was the best water heater he's ever used - works in his family of four with no trouble.
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The pros said it was not worth the risk. And yet you are going to do exactly the opposite.

Why even ask for advice if you're not going to follow it?
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About as safe as buying a used car
Ya just never know
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said it was the best water heater he's ever used - works in his family of four with no trouble.
Lets think about that statement.

It was the best water heater he ever used.

So, he tore it out and installed a different one.

Because he couldn't stand being so happy using the best water heater he ever used.

Of course he seems like a nice guy, He wants you to buy his old water heater.
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right, that struck me as pretty silly as i was writing that statement.
the fact is, i'm about to do the same thing: get an electric heater to tide me over until i redo my system. there are a million used ones out there because everyone is doing the same thing.
i don't think it's because there's something inherently wrong with every heater being sold.

but i get the point: "DON'T BUY A USED WATER HEATER!"
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simply ask him to hook it up so you can see it working..... then offer him 50 lol

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Get him to pull the diode and see what kind of shape it's in, then make your choice.

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