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Water Heater Rescue
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Posted on 03/29/2014 6:23:09 PM PDT by virgil283

"Water Heater Rescue exists to teach people how to maintain hot water heaters to last for decades -- a unique concept. We also provide guidance to buyers. And troubleshooting: We have solutions to your problems, whether it's that your water heater is on the fritz or that your hot water smells like rotten eggs. Here..is knowledge ....."

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(Excerpt) Read more at waterheaterrescue.com ...


TOPICS: Education; Miscellaneous; Reference
KEYWORDS: diyplumbing; howto
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Hot water problems?...need a new hot water heater?...do you want a tankless W/H ?....good advice here...Bookmark for future reference..............{this is not my site, I don't know the author, a plumber friend recommended it to me, it is posted for reference only]
1 posted on 03/29/2014 6:23:09 PM PDT by virgil283
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To: virgil283

As a coffee machine service tech, I view lime formation as job security.


2 posted on 03/29/2014 6:31:42 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: virgil283
"Water Heater Rescue exists to teach people how to maintain hot water heaters to last for decades -- a unique concept.

My house insurance policy contains a clause that says that water damage due to a water heater isn't covered if the water heater is more than 10 years old....

3 posted on 03/29/2014 6:34:07 PM PDT by hecticskeptic
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To: virgil283

In before the Humblegunner whine and moan!

IBTHWM


4 posted on 03/29/2014 6:35:19 PM PDT by Bartholomew Roberts
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To: gorush
A few years ago I helped a guy pull a water-heater out of a house because we couldn't drain it. When we got it outside we discovered it was full of calcium sludge....yeah....
5 posted on 03/29/2014 6:35:34 PM PDT by virgil283 (When the sun spins, the cross appears, and the skies burn red)
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To: Bartholomew Roberts

HaHa! I like that!


6 posted on 03/29/2014 6:37:02 PM PDT by dynoman (Objectivity is the essence of intelligence. - Marylin vos Savant)
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To: Bartholomew Roberts
In before the Humblegunner whine and moan!

So I'm not the only one sick of his childish behavior?

7 posted on 03/29/2014 6:41:13 PM PDT by Mogger (Independence, better fuel economy and performance with American made synthetic oil.)
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To: virgil283

When I was a kid, I did not know about water heaters in the house. I thought that if you turned the spigot that had an “H” on it, that the hot water would “flow” from some central location in the middle of town.


8 posted on 03/29/2014 6:41:14 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: Bartholomew Roberts

Can I whine and moan on his behalf?

IBTZ


9 posted on 03/29/2014 6:41:20 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: virgil283

Heat water and lime precipitates in my neck of the woods.


10 posted on 03/29/2014 6:41:34 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: virgil283

I haven’t heard of de-liming a tank but I suppose it’s possible.


11 posted on 03/29/2014 6:43:28 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: virgil283
(Using George Carlin delivery) Why is it called a hot water heater? If the water is hot, why heat it? It's actually a cold water heater. When was the last time you drank from the cool water cooler?
12 posted on 03/29/2014 6:44:05 PM PDT by CrazyIvan (Obama phones= Bread and circuits.)
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To: gorush

I heard that tang will break down calcium and lime. Never tried it myself.


13 posted on 03/29/2014 6:44:19 PM PDT by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.)
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To: hecticskeptic

We went tank less and love it.


14 posted on 03/29/2014 6:45:10 PM PDT by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.)
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To: SamAdams76

You mean it doesn’t? Ruh-roh...


15 posted on 03/29/2014 6:45:24 PM PDT by aposiopetic
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To: gorush

Most of the grunge can be flushed out if drained regularly through the drain spigot, something that a lot of people never bother with. Some lime is good, it patches microscopic holes in the liner.


16 posted on 03/29/2014 6:45:37 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: virgil283

water heater graphic missing a very important component.The sacrificial anode...very important in heater longevity.


17 posted on 03/29/2014 6:46:13 PM PDT by pricilla (one should always try to be smarter than the equipment one is operating - Amajato)
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To: aposiopetic

Plumbing, telephone, TV, what’s the difference? :-)


18 posted on 03/29/2014 6:47:02 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: virgil283

I did not know that there is a sacrificial anode in the water heater. I’ll be having a look at mine tomorrow. Good post.


19 posted on 03/29/2014 6:47:05 PM PDT by Smellin Salt
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To: Smellin Salt

In some it is a separate rod, in others it is part of the cold water inlet.


20 posted on 03/29/2014 6:48:46 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
"de-liming a tank"...Water-heater tanks only need to be flushed out every few years to clear deposits. Tankless heaters are more sensitive to lime and need to be flushed each year with a mild acid similar to vinegar.
21 posted on 03/29/2014 6:49:05 PM PDT by virgil283 (When the sun spins, the cross appears, and the skies burn red)
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To: wally_bert

Any acid will break down lime.


22 posted on 03/29/2014 6:49:31 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: virgil283

Bookmarked for future reference.
Thank you so much!


23 posted on 03/29/2014 6:51:29 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: wally_bert

Afterward, you can make an interesting fruit punch.


24 posted on 03/29/2014 6:56:45 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: virgil283

I lived in a house that had a deep well with moderate iron. But running the well tank pressure down too far would encourage the pump to bring up lots of grunge, some of which ended up in the hot water tank. Lots of fun in the bath.


25 posted on 03/29/2014 6:57:03 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: virgil283
I'm coming up on 8 years without running hot water.

Running hot water is for the effete. Running water is for wimps, but this year, I wimped out, and no longer carry water.

If I want hot water, trees are going to burn.

/johnny

26 posted on 03/29/2014 7:02:27 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: virgil283
Tankless water heaters are the ONLY way to go.

Cheaper, easier, faster and NO END to hot water.

Go Tankless. You will thank yourself.
27 posted on 03/29/2014 7:04:28 PM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum -- "The Taliban is inside the building")
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To: virgil283
Ping for later
28 posted on 03/29/2014 7:06:21 PM PDT by builder (I don't want a piece of someone else's pie)
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To: All

If you have a tankless water heater already don’t read the link’s article on tankless heaters , If you’re considering a tankless then read the article first...


29 posted on 03/29/2014 7:10:55 PM PDT by virgil283 (When the sun spins, the cross appears, and the skies burn red)
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To: Mogger

So I’m not the only one sick of his childish behavior?
-=0=-
You and his mom, I’m pretty sure.


30 posted on 03/29/2014 7:26:16 PM PDT by S.O.S121.500 (Had Enough Yet ? ........................ Enforce the Bill of Rights ......... It's the LAW !!!)
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To: JRandomFreeper

No long black hose?


31 posted on 03/29/2014 7:26:39 PM PDT by lepton ("It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into"--Jonathan Swift)
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To: Tainan

Broken down as cost per day over the life of a heater, tankless is the most expensive way to go.


32 posted on 03/29/2014 7:29:21 PM PDT by SunTzuWu
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To: Tainan

“Go Tankless. You will thank yourself.”

So.., you haven’t lost power yet... they won’t heat without an ignition source (none are battery back up) and you have to clean them at least once a year if you want them to work and, you won’t have 40-60 gallons in, “storage” if you need it and, they cost a lot more initially...

The concept is good but they need to integrate a battery back up for non-generator homes and they like very soft water to keep from sludging up.

They work well in tandem to a traditional tank if you put them at the furthest point in the plumbing run (away from the tank) as a supplemental heater. Good for big bathtubs or laundry when you have a lot of folks using hot water at the same time but they do require attention. The cost savings from energy use takes a while to pay off.


33 posted on 03/29/2014 7:32:48 PM PDT by outofsalt (If history teaches us anything it's that history rarely teaches us anything.)
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To: lepton
Nope. Hauling water in buckets builds moral fiber. And it's darn cheap.

/johnny

34 posted on 03/29/2014 7:33:22 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: SunTzuWu
Gas tankless water heaters, which use high-powered burners to quickly heat water as it runs through a heat exchanger, were 22 percent more energy efficient on average than the gas-fired storage-tank models in our tests. That translates into a savings of around $70 to $80 per year, based on 2008 national energy costs. But because they cost much more than storage water heaters, it can take up to 22 years to break even—longer than the 20-year life of many models.
35 posted on 03/29/2014 7:37:26 PM PDT by virgil283 (When the sun spins, the cross appears, and the skies burn red)
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To: virgil283

I have had a tankless W/H for the past 7 years and a water softener.

Sometimes I forget that I have one — that’s how reliable mine is. It does not need de-scaling because of the water softener.


36 posted on 03/29/2014 7:38:42 PM PDT by 353FMG
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tankless W/H for the past 7 years and a water softener....good to know that works, thanks-'V'
37 posted on 03/29/2014 7:44:21 PM PDT by virgil283 (When the sun spins, the cross appears, and the skies burn red)
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To: outofsalt
Well said. I just had to replace my WH and it was only 9 years old. (Installed with the house). I saw the option of a tankless, then realized it was a great "idea". But way more expensive than the standard.

Plus with a twice yearly maintenance, it made no sense from a $ aspect.

$2400 range, and it takes several minutes before the hot water flows. Like a radiator in a car.

By the time my WH went caput I had spent plenty. It was time for a new one.

$1200 lighter, at least I know it will be going strong for another 10 years.

BTW, the plumber said that water heaters USED to last up to 30 years.

He said it was not unusual to replace one after that length of time.

I have no idea why mine only worked for only 9 years.

The plumber told me that my WH was notorious for being a crap model. Usually placed by a cheap builder.

38 posted on 03/29/2014 7:48:26 PM PDT by boop (I just wanted a President. But I got a rock.)
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To: CrazyIvan

It’s a Hot Water Make it Hotter, Heater.


39 posted on 03/29/2014 7:52:36 PM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: headstamp 2
Here in this part of Texas, in a couple of months, the water coming out of the tap is fine for showers. Cold water comes from a refrigerator.

Water pipes don't freeze here if you bury them six inches.

/johnny

40 posted on 03/29/2014 7:56:45 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: virgil283

If you decide to install a water softener, you can keep your regular water heater. Period!


41 posted on 03/29/2014 8:00:31 PM PDT by 353FMG
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To: Mogger

We need humblegunner to be on guard and vet each poster. I feel better with HG on duty!! Seriously!


42 posted on 03/29/2014 8:05:38 PM PDT by SgtHooper (If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.)
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To: virgil283


43 posted on 03/29/2014 8:10:59 PM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Up here in NY I saw pipes freeze this past winter that haven’t in at least 25 years.


44 posted on 03/29/2014 8:15:35 PM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

“Most of the grunge can be flushed out if drained regularly through the drain spigot, something that a lot of people never bother with. “

I’ve read this also - that they would last essentially forever if this was done every few years. I had one in Chicago (not exactly hard-water territory) leak in five years.


45 posted on 03/29/2014 8:17:32 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: Mogger
In before the Humblegunner whine and moan!

So I'm not the only one sick of his childish behavior?

Guaranteed you are not the only ones tired of it.

46 posted on 03/29/2014 8:43:16 PM PDT by RobinOfKingston (Democrats--the party of Evil. Republicans--the party of Stupid.)
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To: headstamp 2
I don't know how you do it. I saw -18F in the mountains of NM, and that sucked pretty hard. Here at home, I don't bother wrapping exposed outside steel water pipes that aren't on the north side of the house.

Different strokes, and you live in pretty country. But I'm wearing shorts this time of year. Bleak and searing as it is in August.

/johnny

47 posted on 03/29/2014 8:48:11 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: boop
I'm looking more toward retirement. I can afford it so I'll take the hit now for the benefit later.(it's now paid off)
My tank-less has a 15 warranty.
It has a condensate neutralizer on it.
It has 2 preheating chambers and buffer tank. (preheats the water )
The hot water flows quicker, probably equal to the tank water heater at the longest run, though it's still not instantaneous.
And you are right, they ain't cheap.
48 posted on 03/29/2014 9:20:58 PM PDT by stylin19a (Obama ----> Fredo smart)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Was ice fishing last week.

One lake here had 24” inches of ice during the dead of winter. We all bought cordless drill adapters for our ice augers. My 18 volt Makita did yeoman’s work this winter. Haven’t seen the ice this thick around here since the early 80’s.

Temps starting to moderate now as I’m figuring winter is finally letting go of us. Would not be surprised to see the ice on some of the bigger lakes there at least until mid April.

Keep in mind this is all about 60 miles north of NYC not someplace in far upstate NY.

Take Care my FRiend.


49 posted on 03/29/2014 9:24:48 PM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: virgil283

Just keep replacing the sacrificial anode and the damn things should last for practically forever.


50 posted on 03/29/2014 10:03:39 PM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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