Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Plumbing

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 09-23-2009, 09:12 PM   #1
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 211
Rewards Points: 0
Share |
Default

Rust on the bottom of my water heater, bad?


I noticed some rust on the bottom of my water heater.

Just a little bit all the way around, and then a couple spots have about a half inch of paint bubbling, some I'm guessing its rusted behind the paint.

Is this bad? Or is there a liner inside anyway and I don't have to worry about leaking?

Im not sure how old it is, but the energy saver sticker references 1994, so it either from that year or after.

TIA

abefroman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2009, 09:18 PM   #2
Registered User
 
Termite's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 6,520
Rewards Points: 0
Default

Rust on the bottom of my water heater, bad?


It could be rusting through, but it could very well be rust due to drips or humidity or (flooding?). Might be worth checking the anode rod in the tank to see if it is all gone. 10 years is probably a fair life for a water heater these days, depending on water and maintenance of course. If yours is 15 it might be time to replace it. Its a fun and fairly easy DIY job.

Termite is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2009, 09:28 PM   #3
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 211
Rewards Points: 0
Default

Rust on the bottom of my water heater, bad?


Quote:
Originally Posted by thekctermite View Post
It could be rusting through, but it could very well be rust due to drips or humidity or (flooding?). Might be worth checking the anode rod in the tank to see if it is all gone. 10 years is probably a fair life for a water heater these days, depending on water and maintenance of course. If yours is 15 it might be time to replace it. Its a fun and fairly easy DIY job.
Thanks! Is the year on the energy save sticker pretty much within a couple years of how old it is? It says "Based on 1994 US Goverment national average cost."
abefroman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2009, 09:37 PM   #4
Registered User
 
Termite's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 6,520
Rewards Points: 0
Default

Rust on the bottom of my water heater, bad?


Hmmm...Can't answer that for you. Wish I knew. Guess it depends on how often they update the gov't standards.
Termite is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-2009, 07:25 AM   #5
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Nashua, NH, USA
Posts: 6,946
Rewards Points: 0
Default

Rust on the bottom of my water heater, bad?


Rust on the outside does not necessarily mean the tank is rusted through.

Dampness in a basement will result in metal things rusting. Since moisture often comes through the floor or walls, objects or parts of objects near the floor or wall are likely to rust first.

Toilet paper is particularly good at soaking up small amounts of water and showing a visible mark revealing that the water was present.

A typical hot water tank has a liner inside but that usually develops cracks long before before the tank itself may rust through.
__________________
Stop wasting time re-adjusting the pattern. Have several lawn sprinklers, one for each pattern.
AllanJ is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Kitchen Faucet Cold Water Runs Hot Mthrboard Plumbing 8 08-02-2009 06:59 AM
Electric Water Heater GTSRider Plumbing 31 12-07-2008 11:30 AM
Tankless water heater vs. electrical water heater? imola ghost Electrical 19 09-08-2008 02:59 PM
(Water Heater MYSTERY) Hot water out from dead tank with cold water in it? Inayity Plumbing 6 07-14-2008 08:36 PM
Draining a hot water heater singforsupper Plumbing 1 06-07-2006 06:01 PM




Top of Page | View New Posts

Copyright © 2003-2014 Escalate Media. All Rights Reserved.