Hot Water Heater Blues
#21
  Re: Hot Water Heater Blues by DieselDennis (I have a natural gas...)
After some more investigation this morning, I have an AO Smith 50 gallon natural gas hot water heater.

I know there can't be much to it. There's a burner (that's working), there's a pilot light / thermocouple (that's working), and a dip tube (?).

It's just that checking the dip tube involves some minor system surgery. The other stuff is external and easy checks.
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#22
  Re: Hot Water Heater Blues by DieselDennis (I have a natural gas...)
How old is the water heater?
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#23
  Re: Hot Water Heater Blues by DieselDennis (I have a natural gas...)
19 years I believe (original to the house). I looked for a date on the label, but couldn't find one.

I know it's getting long in the tooth.
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#24
  Re: RE: Hot Water Heater Blues by DieselDennis (19 years I believe (...)
(05-13-2019, 12:40 PM)DieselDennis Wrote: 19 years I believe (original to the house).  I looked for a date on the label, but couldn't find one.

I know it's getting long in the tooth.

Obviously your call......but sounds like replacement time. I'd rather do it on my schedule than when it finally cr*ps out and leaks.
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#25
  Re: Hot Water Heater Blues by DieselDennis (I have a natural gas...)
Wow - we have good water and I've changed out both water heaters 3 times in the last 19 years.

One was about ready to let go last time, in fact it started leaking before they got it loaded in the truck.

Both of mine are in the attic, so I tend to be proactive before they let go.
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#26
  Re: Hot Water Heater Blues by DieselDennis (I have a natural gas...)
19 years of service on a water heater with a 6 year warranty? Congratulations! You won!
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#27
  Re: RE: Hot Water Heater Blues by DieselDennis (19 years I believe (...)
(05-13-2019, 12:40 PM)DieselDennis Wrote: 19 years I believe (original to the house).  I looked for a date on the label, but couldn't find one.

I know it's getting long in the tooth.

The date will be embedded in the serial number.
Here's a link for water heater manufacturing date codes.
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#28
  Re: RE: Hot Water Heater Blues by Snipe Hunter ([quote='DieselDennis...)
(05-14-2019, 08:05 AM)Snipe Hunter Wrote: The date will be embedded in the serial number.
Here's a link for water heater manufacturing date codes.

Thanks Snipe!

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#29
  Re: Hot Water Heater Blues by DieselDennis (I have a natural gas...)
Wow, yeah, time for a change out. 

We replaced an electric 40 gal made in 1990 two years ago with a new 50 gal. Our power bill went down $20 the first month.
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#30
  Re: RE: Hot Water Heater Blues by Large Wooden Badger (Wow - we have good w...)
(05-13-2019, 02:25 PM)Large Wooden Badger Wrote: Both of mine are in the attic, so I tend to be proactive before they let go.

Yeah, you can replace it at your convenience, or you can replace it when it’s leaking, can’t be used, you have a house full of company, it’s the holidays, and it’s made a mess of everything that will now cost even more money on top of the overtime holiday emergency service and house repairs.  Not that I’d know anything about that.   Uhoh Uhoh
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