Re: prolonging water heater life
Posted by Dale's Plumbing Sercice on September 10, 1999 at 23:36:13:
In response to Re: prolonging water heater life
: i just replaced my house's 1989 65 gal rheem electric water heater with a 50 gal,
: rheem-manufactured, GE natural gas 12 year unit. the home was built in the mid-1920s,
: has one full bath, std kitchen & laundry facilities.

: i'd like to know what regular maintenance measures may be taken to help prolong its life?

: the temp is set to approx 120 and the unit's water supply comes from the north end of seattle, wa,
: but i don't know how "hard" the water is, nor do i know other physical properties like pH, etc.

: i do know that there is a fair amount of corrosion constriction in the galvanized pipe which
: is feeding it cold water. i intend to replumb with copper in the next two years, but in the mean
: time i'd very much like to keep the unit as healthy as possible.

: thanks!

: jon

Jon, Install magnets on the cold inlet and the hot outlet of the heater. try not to put the magnets on galvanized pipe. also you must find out how hard the water is and get the right magnets. Works for me. Dale Peck LMP

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