Re: Leaky 2 yr old gas hot water heater?
Posted by hj on May 03, 19101 at 00:32:58:
In response to Re: Leaky 2 yr old gas hot water heater?
The highest setting, 160 degrees, is not recommended since it can cause extremely serious scalds and it does cause faster precipitation in the tank and quicker deterioration, but 2 years is much too soon. I would suspect a defective electrical system that is using the hot water piping as a ground and that is eating the water heaters rapidly. I had one that had that problem and the first heater lasted 4 months before it blew out in the middle of the night.

: My hot water heater started to leak. It was installed only 2 or 3 years ago. The one before that only lasted about 2 years. My landlord says having the heater on "High" burns them out faster. She also says the plumber said the manufacturer says not to set them to High.

: I have two questions:
: 1. Why have a High setting if it is not recommended?
: 2. What can be causing the heater to rust out so quickly and leak in such a short time span? Hard water or other contaminents?

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