Re: Hot Waterheater drip pan.
Posted by hj on September 27, 2001 at 23:32:58:
In response to Re: Hot Waterheater drip pan.
IF the pan caused the bottom of the jacket to rust out sooner, (and that is merely cosmetic damage, not a weakening of the tank itself), it would be because the pan, because of the way the drain is connected, would retain some water if any water were to get into the pan. And that water would cause the rusting, not any reaction between the metals.
: I am buying a new 50 gal hotwater heater. I saw an aluminum drip pan at Home Depot. Question: Will the contact of different metals on the bottom of hot water heater (probably steel) and the aluminum cause the bottom to rust out quicker than normal? Also, current hot water tank sits directly on basement concert floor. Question: Does this cause any problems with life or operation of heater? Should new heater be mounted on brinks or some other platform? Thank you in advance for having this message board. Frank

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