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Old 12-03-2012, 03:17 PM   #1
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Are their any signs to look for in an aging hot water heater that could indicate it is about ready to fail?

Mine dosen't seem to get as hot as it used to, and it takes longer to reheat the water. I have no "hard proof" about these symptoms, it just "feels" that way.

The water heater is between 15 and 18 years old, best I can remember.

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Old 12-03-2012, 04:18 PM   #2
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Is the heater gas or electric? If it's electric then you may need thermostats or elements. But if the heater is the age you say it is the wiser decision may be to replace it.

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Old 12-05-2012, 03:04 PM   #3
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It is a gas heater. If I replace it, I am thinking about going with a tankless system. Any opinions?

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Replace it with what was there. If you go tankless, it may require more modifications.

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Yeah to go to tankless is usually a ton of extra work. Depends if its worth it to you.

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You should replace it before it cause water damage.

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Any idea (on average) how much extra it would be to install a tankless over a tanked system?

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Any idea (on average) how much extra it would be to install a tankless over a tanked system?
The gas line on the tank type heater as well as the flue pipe will be to small. Both will have to be up graded. The cost depends on how much pipe needs to be replaced.

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Old 12-15-2012, 04:07 AM   #9
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Age of heater depends on how many people in house using hot water and how often its ran. If you say its 15 years old id change it before it leaks. If its not working right thats a sign. If you happen to hear it rumble then its ready to leak. Change it

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If its electric yes the elements could be losing power. You can check continuity for that but if its that old change it



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