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Old 08-04-2011, 12:37 PM   #1
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Hey everyone,

I bought my first house in April and it has an ancient somehow-still-working electric hot water heater that I have finally gotten around to storing some money aside to replace. I know it's electric, but even my home inspector wasn't able to determine the size or information for it. He said in the inspection report it appears to be a Rheem. Anyway, to replace it, I need to know what size it is so I can make it easier on myself and get the same size for the same footprint.

Can anyone help? Does this model have a release valve? Help? Picture is below.

Update: I just looked closer and the front tag says "GE Calrod-Equipped Water Heater" and the knob on the bottom says below it "tripl-control calrod" or something... All of the connections must connect below the water heater in the slab because there are no other connections around it. I also think that shutoff to the left is for this.

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Nate
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Old 08-04-2011, 12:39 PM   #2
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My main concern in replacing this water heater is the price to pay someone to install it if I'm unable to do it myself. This being so old, I'm not very confident in my abilities to remove and replace it... just looking for advice!

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http://209.212.22.88/DATA/RBR/1950-1...1951.04.12.pdf

Page 22 of that paper shows an ad for it.

wow... ok apparently it's from 1951 (that's when the paper was printed), so that makes it 60 years old and still seems to be working fine! One of the features is "long tank life" - NO KIDDING!
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