Question about Water Heaters
My old one is all correded and falling apart?
You can buy these at any good hardware store- two types- Aluminium and manganese- if you replace and have a odor from water remove and replace with other. Really easy to do. Turn off water pressure to tank . Drain pressure at lowest tap in house. Put hose on drain spiggot of tank and drain off 1-2 gallons .Turn off electrical to tank. Unscrew old with socket- yes socket - do not use a pipe wrench.You will need a power bar Or good solid ratchet to remove and reinstall. Apply a pipe dope or teflon tape to new and srew in place- wrap tape counter clockwise or it will spin off as you turn in place and it will leak. Do not drain tank completely - you require this weight to keep tank from spinning as you remove and reinstall. After tightening slowly put pressure back on system - never shock pipes etc.Just as you do not slam your brakes- don't slam your pipes,Turn power back on after checking for leaks -tighten as required. Double check spiggot after removing hose as dirt can sometime cause a slow leak- monitor all areas for at least 3-5 mins and then check again at end of week. Also know that the lifespan of a tank should max at 15 yrs after that - replace or accept the flood when it happens. Good luck at poat me if you need me. Allen
Posted on Dec 01, 2008
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If the heater is that old and you have not changed the anode rod over the years then the chemicals in your water are eating at the tank metal and it will soon fail. A twenty year old tank is so inefficient compared to the new ones that it would pay you to replace it now anyway.
In short YES to your question.
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