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14 years old electric hot water tank - replace or not?

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14 years old electric hot water tank - replace or not?

It's at my rental townhouse.

I cannot monitor this closely. It's been functioning fine.

I flushed it twice before...i didn't replace the anode rod. Therefore, it's likely not in the best shape.

Should I replace it? or should i wait until it malfunction and then replace it?
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Fantastical wrote: It's at my rental townhouse.

I cannot monitor this closely. It's been functioning fine.

I flushed it twice before...i didn't replace the anode rod. Therefore, it's likely not in the best shape.

Should I replace it? or should i wait until it malfunction and then replace it?
You can delay replacing until you start seeing water leaking. But you would need to monitor this at least once weekly. Hot water tanks will not spontaneously implode, so don't need to be afraid. But be ready to replace as soon as it starts leaking.

I replaced mine after 16 years and it was purely by personal choice because I had extra money and got a good deal at the time.

But, if this is a rental, wouldn't your landlord need to replace this?
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I am the landlord, so its my responsibility to replace it if needed.

I dont think the tenant will monitor this tank.

I should add the tank is located near the garage with drain next to it.....even if it leaks, it shoudltn cause damage

Mariusic wrote: You can delay replacing until you start seeing water leaking. But you would need to monitor this at least once weekly. Hot water tanks will not spontaneously implode, so don't need to be afraid. But be ready to replace as soon as it starts leaking.

I replaced mine after 16 years and it was purely by personal choice because I had extra money and got a good deal at the time.

But, if this is a rental, wouldn't your landlord need to replace this?
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Fantastical wrote: I am the landlord, so its my responsibility to replace it if needed.

I dont think the tenant will monitor this tank.

I should add the tank is located near the garage with drain next to it.....even if it leaks, it shoudltn cause damage
Oh, then in that situation might as well do it the next time you find a good deal to buy/install. That's what I did when I got to 16 years, I said might as well take advantage of that.
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If there's a floor drain around the tank I would leave it alone until it starts leaking.
You can get a flood alarm if you're so worried.

14 years isn't overly old.
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Does water actually flow to the drain? I've seen many times where the drain is slightly higher and water will flow the other direction. Does your tenants have any boxes or belongings that can get wet? Is the potential savings worth the worry, tenants have no hot water, or trying to claim that something got ruined?

I'd personally keep an eye out for a price you felt was suitable and make the change. Peace of mind is worth more than a few bucks.

Ps. Occasionally water tanks have significant ruptures. They don't always just have drips when they go.
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Your would have no anode left at 14 years. If you don't want to replace it at least put a new one in.
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The water tank is located within a tiny room in an enclosed space in the garage.

That room has concrete rough floor and a drain nearby......risk of damage from leak should be fairly low under normal circumstances.

Will keep an eye in my next visit to the townhouse
Double_J wrote: Does water actually flow to the drain? I've seen many times where the drain is slightly higher and water will flow the other direction. Does your tenants have any boxes or belongings that can get wet? Is the potential savings worth the worry, tenants have no hot water, or trying to claim that something got ruined?

I'd personally keep an eye out for a price you felt was suitable and make the change. Peace of mind is worth more than a few bucks.

Ps. Occasionally water tanks have significant ruptures. They don't always just have drips when they go.
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