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Old 12-08-2011, 11:50 PM   #1
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I have a busted leaking hot water tank and am getting ready to purchase a new one, I was looking at the self-cleaning ones and was wondering if they really work. Does anyone know if its worth the extra money to buy self-cleaning or just a gimmick? I really don't have the extra money to spend for this feature if its not worth it. Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks!

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Old 12-09-2011, 01:04 AM   #2
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I call it a gimick. Save money and be proactive, flush your tank on a regular basis, just like you change the batteries in your smoke alarms. You do do that don't you?

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Old 12-09-2011, 07:29 AM   #3
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What he said. Consumers said that tanks with longer warranties often are more efficient, better insulation. Not sure i buy that, you pay more for those extra years, but that is all.
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Just a suggestion---buy the new water heater from a local plumbing supply house and make sure there stock repair parts.

All to often these new machines have proprietary parts--if a sensor fails---you are screwed--they will be a pain--shipped only from the manufacturer to a licensed plumber--

Parts are usually free--but living in a house for days without hot water?????Not good!!
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Thanks a lot! I think I will just get the regular one. I certainly agree with o'mike on being without hot water (2days now) also crawling under the house to shut it off (crawlspace with spiders) and the water hose running out the door to drain it, kinda lets a lot of heat out Great advice from everyone. Thanks again!
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Just a suggestion---buy the new water heater from a local plumbing supply house and make sure there stock repair parts.

All to often these new machines have proprietary parts--if a sensor fails---you are screwed--they will be a pain--shipped only from the manufacturer to a licensed plumber--

Parts are usually free--but living in a house for days without hot water?????Not good!!
I have a customer in this exact situation right now. Ordered gas valve Thurs PM and it won't arrive until Monday. That's called 2 day priority around here.
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My plumber gave me that advice----no heaters from the chain stores--only from the plumbing supply house for me---
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Fun stuff! I will be more vigilant about flushing on a regular basis next time. I finally got it off and draining, looked out the door to see if hose was running and my dog had chewed the water hose completely thru. I have a little stub of a water hose now that barely reaches over the stoop At least he left me enough to get it out the door
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Whew! New hot water tank is in! Couldn't afford a plumber, no light bulb jokes, please. So far, So good, no leaks! I am watching it now to make sure. Of course the new one wasn't quite as tall as the old one so trip back to get longer stainless steel flex hoses, figuring out the plumbing tape for threads, figuring out the wiring, getting the ground screwed in right, figuring out the pipe and fittings for pressure relief valve, back and forth under the house, etc.etc. gotta love being a homeowner. Got the air out of the lines, starting to get warm water and in about an hour I can get a hot shower, we hope! yeah! Thanks for all the help! Much, much appreciated.
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atta boy! What tank did you finally settle with?
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Just the whirlpool 40 gallon regular electric $227.00 6 year warranty.

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