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CoconutPete 09-12-2012 10:09 AM

Tell me about my water heater:
My other thread inspired me to make this one. Wanted to get some pics in. I'm planning on having this replaced in the next couple of weeks for a couple of reasons:

It's 43 years old
There's a good amount of rust where the pressure valve exits the body
There's a good amount of rust where the hot water pipe exits the body
I've never done any maintenance on it (3 years)
I have no idea what the previous owner did
The company who made it is out of business.

It says "Copper Core" on it - does that mean I should not let the company installing the new one scrap this one?

Pics to follow.

CoconutPete 09-12-2012 10:11 AM

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CoconutPete 09-12-2012 10:13 AM

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More pics.

beenthere 09-12-2012 03:22 PM

Not familiar with that brand.

oh'mike 09-12-2012 07:17 PM

New one on me,too.

Scrap copper is about $3.00 a pound----

Missouri Bound 09-12-2012 07:39 PM

If it works well, clean up the rusty fittings and inspect the tank. By design the water will last for years. Make your next one a Marathon if rust is an issue.

CoconutPete 09-13-2012 10:29 AM

I'll grab a pic of the rust later. It's not the fitting - it's the housing itself.

CoconutPete 09-14-2012 07:08 AM

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Pics of the back.

Missouri Bound 09-14-2012 08:43 AM

:whistling2:Looks bad. You can pick away at it and see if it's just surface rust....which it probably is. I think it's more cosmetic right now than mechanical. However....and it's a big however; if you decide to replace the tank it will no doubt be much more efficient than that old one. New burner design, electronic ignition and better temperature controls have made them much more efficient.....but it's your money.

beenthere 09-14-2012 02:43 PM

Best to be preemptive and change it out before it rust through the whole way. New water heater will save you a few bucks if you get a pilotless one, and the new ones are a bit better insulated. not eally more efficiency combustion wise. unless you pay and extra couple hundred.

CoconutPete 09-14-2012 10:30 PM

That's the part I'm confused about. Does "copper core" mean it won't rust through all the way?

ryan50hrl 09-14-2012 10:35 PM

I've never seen a copper tanked water heater, but that doesn't mean they didn't exist.....only one way to find out.....saw time.

beenthere 09-14-2012 10:38 PM

Could be copper tinned inside. Which means it could pit through.

bobelectric 09-14-2012 11:00 PM

Pushing it. Go away and you come home to a flood.

newtech 09-15-2012 07:56 PM

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