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Old 01-16-2012, 07:17 PM   #16
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I had some complaints about a water heater recently, so I wrote down the model and serial number and called about it. It was from 1986. This is 26 years old this year. The problem was that the people couldn't get enough warm water, so they turned it down (head of household is a woman). I turned the thermostat up and it has been a champ ever since.

Anyway, a gas water heater 26 years old is alright.
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My Sears air compresor was 26 years old. My wards water heater was 20 years old. The tank on both of them started leaking at the same time. Replaced both, see how long they last.
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Montreal? I was just there a couple of weeks ago....oh, the brain cells I have killed on St Catherine st.....

A few things to consider....40 gal is kind of small....if there are more than 3 people in the house and/or 2 or more bathrooms, I would suggest going with a 50 gal tank.

Also try to get one with the longest warranty...they are usually insulated better.

The 'burp' from your PRV might be an indication that your system needs an expansion tank....if there is any back flow preventer...you need one.
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I'm not sure I understand exactly what you mean but I might add that it seems to happens when we use "less" hot water.

For example, when we went to Florida for a week, we returned and there was no more hot water and some water on the floor that leaked from below the water heater.
I forgot to mention that when an existing tankful cools down however slowly, it contracts and more water is drawn from the water main. When it is reheated it expands and trips the relief valve. It might instead back the water into the water main if there is no check valve in between.

Now the expansion of the water could be the straw that breaks the camel's back if the tank had almost rusted out somewhere.

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