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maryettebailey 06-21-2006 12:16 PM

Hot Water Heater 7 & 1/2 Years Old

My husband and I bought our house 5 years and three months ago. Over the past year on and off, our hot water heater have debris on top of the tank. It look like the color of red saw dust I think.

I don't know where the debris is coming from. It could be coming from the copper pipe or at the top of the heater on the inside and leaking out. (don't know)

The previous owner I believe had bought the hot water heater 2 & 1/2 years prior to us buying the house.

We think the boiler is around 7 1/2 years old.

I don't know if we should purchase a new hot water heater.

Also, we are more afraid of coming home and the basement is flooded.:(

Your thoughts,
Bailey's-New York

redline 06-21-2006 01:33 PM

could you post a picture?

maryettebailey 06-21-2006 03:30 PM

Hot Water Heater 7 & 1/2 Years Old
I'm sorry I can't get you a picture at this time.

In reading info listed on my hot water heater:

Natural Gas Type
A.O. Smith Water Heaters
Part #FSG--40-J00N010000
Serial #MM96-0082579-232

In speaking with my husband he believes the hot water heater is alittle older than 7 & 1/2 years old.

The Bailey's
New York

Ron The Plumber 06-21-2006 06:48 PM

Could be time to replace, sounds like the nipples on top are galvinized steel and there interacting with the tank, causing rust to build up.

tribe_fan 06-21-2006 10:20 PM

The vent pipe could be rusting - mine was a mess until it was replaced when the roof was replaced. Tap on it an see if something shakes out.

PSZach 06-30-2006 11:25 AM

We can assume that you have a gas fired water heater with a common flue. One of the bi-products of fuel/gas combustion is condensation. This can accumulate within the flue piping and cause some rust. The rust becomes loose and falls to the surface of the appliance. You may want to inspect the combustion chamber for proper flame adjustment. You may also want to inspect the flue for current condition, proper routing and if obstructions exists.
Gas Venting such as this which is stainless steel can be a great solution.

Gas Fired Tankless Water Heaters as well can be a great products.

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