hot water heater life expectancy
Posted by E Petty on February 01, 1999 at 21:04:58:
I have an AO Smith Energy Saver I electric hot water heater. As near as I can tell it's about 17 years old, I believe the lower element is bad, lower part of tank cold upper hot, low hot water supply. The lower element is also leaking slightly externally. The breaker up top is not tripped and I'll check continuity of lower element tomorrow but if it needs an element should I replace it or just install a whole new heater? I don't know how much the heaters cost but from what I know of water heater life expectancy I'm on borrowed time.

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