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Old 07-21-2010, 11:34 AM
 
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Our hot water heater is 16 years old. We are having new wood floors installed in the room next to the room with the hot water heater. Our plumber suggested we get a new hot water heater now since its at the end of its useful life and we don't want to risk ruining our new wood floors.

We have had no problems with the unit. Should we do preventative maintence and have it replaced now? What brands do you like for hot water heaters?

Thanks.
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Old 07-21-2010, 11:52 AM
 
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A brand new water heater only a week old can leak and ruin your floors (been there). If you want to protect the floors from possible water damage, new or old heater isn't going to do that. You need some protective barrier. My water heater sits in a water cabinet on a base. The closet and base work together. The base is a foot or so off the ground and is design to catch any water that enters it and funnels it outside through two pipes at the bottom. It can hold over 20 gallons. It's not one of those round pie pan type things but a container that supports water heaters on top. The cabinet attaches to the base and is design to prevent any water sprays from broken connections or seams from leaving the cabinet and it flows into the base.

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Old 07-21-2010, 02:52 PM
 
Location: Alaska
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16 years is near the end of the lifespan of a water heater. I'd replace it if you don't already have the set up PacificFlights mentioned, just to install the drainage system.
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Old 07-21-2010, 05:51 PM
 
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Replace it.
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Old 07-21-2010, 06:00 PM
 
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I knew my water heater was past due and came home for lunch one day and it had sprung a small leak... Mine was in the garage and did no damage at all... It was gas and I did not like that at all. I now have an electric that is under the house with a drain pan.

In your case - replace it - and consider some sort of drain system for peace of mind
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Old 07-21-2010, 06:55 PM
 
Location: Knoxville
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Like everyone else has said - replace it and put a drain pan under the new one.
It may not be leaking, but I can tell you the anode rod is shot. Its past its life, say goodbye to your old friend and get a new one.
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Old 07-21-2010, 07:11 PM
 
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Also, for longevity, keep the temperature of the water as low as you can stand and flush it yearly, if not yearly at least bi-annually. Flushing out the buildup is important to the hot water's corrosive nature.
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Old 07-21-2010, 07:31 PM
 
Location: Seaford, Delaware
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Replace it and put in a drain system to protect the house if it does leak. 16 years is a blessing. Bury it with dignity, it served you very well.
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Old 07-22-2010, 09:04 AM
 
Location: Hobart, IN
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Replace it and be happy it worked that many years
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Old 07-22-2010, 03:21 PM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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"hot water heater"?

I always thought they were water heaters (why would you heat hot water?). Maybe they should be renamed- "cold water heaters"!
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