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Old 09-30-2014, 09:15 PM   #1
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I have a 12-year old Ruud 40-gallon gas water heater. It has started leaking on top where the pressure relief valve attaches. It, as well as the other connections on top, is pretty corroded looking. Is it worth the time to have a plumber come out to see if it can be repaired or should I just plan on replacing the heater?

I feel like if I have a plumber come out who ends up telling me to replace it that will cost more if the plumber replaces it than if I just go to Lowes and Home Depot and buy one, including installation. But, if the plumber can repair it, I would think that might be the cheapest option.

I'm kind of watching my pennies right now since my oldest daughter's wedding is in three weeks and that ain't cheap!

Of course, my wife, who is in full wedding mode right now, just wants it taken care of as quick and as simple as possible.

As always, any advice is appreciated.

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Repairing it would be a waste of money. It's just a matter of time before it fails. You are better off replacing it.

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Can you post a picture of it. Thanks.
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12 year old water heater and a trip from the Plumber. JUST bite the bullet and tell him to you a new water heater. Usually the tank is guaranteed for 5 or 6 years and parts one year. It is time. It will save you money and maybe a big mess to cleanup later.
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Replace it. Once he starts shaking the tank to remove the valve it may leak. Also the threads in the tank where the valve attaches are eaten away and may not seal properly with a new one.
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Thanks for all of the advice. We went ahead and replaced the water heater.
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Old items are some time good, But I have suggest that buy new, replace it.

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