Question about Water Heaters
Best is to replace anode rod, and leave elements and thermostats alone until they go out. IF you can get the anode out.
Anode rod prevents tank from rusting. Anode rods deplete over time in most situations, and then tank begins to rust. If the anode can be successfully removed, and updated, then tank rusting stops, and you're tank is good for another 10 years.
So answer to question is: Depends if tank is rusty, and if tank is sitting in drip pan to protect home from possible leak.
Tank-type electric heater is unique since it can last almost indefinitely, with maintenance. Therefore maintaining tank-type electric water heater can pay you $5-10 per month.
Ordinary electric tank type can outlast all other water heaters, and be far simpler to fix yourself than any other type heater: including gas tank-type, electric hybrid tank-type, electric-and-gas tankless etc. More complicated heaters will eventually fail, and the lifespan is limited. Which is argument against buying expensive water heaters that are controlled by computer chip etc. Avoid tankless promotion. Tankless cost more..Period.
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