Water Heater, Repair or replace and with what?

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Kville

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First time poster here. My water heater is 29 years old. It has never had any repairs nor servicing. It is an electric 40 gal Rheem. I think the lower heating element is out. We have hot water but it doesn't last long. No tank damage, no rust on the outside of tank. A couple friends said they would fix the element and drive on, a few said given the age, to go ahead and replace it. What do you guys think? If I replace, my local options are Rheem from Home Depot, AO Smith from Lowes, and American Water Heater brand from local plumbing supply store. Thanks for any replies and suggestions.
 

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If your doing the work yourself and don't mind it, I would fix it. Just know there's a possibility (strong possibility) you'll turn around and replace it anyway in a few months. Or cause more damage and a headache trying to fix it.

If your hiring a plumber definitely replace.
 

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Thanks y'all for the responses. Out of the ones I mentioned, which would you lean toward?
 

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That's out of my range for right now. Here are the three I am leaning toward.


American Water Heater



Rheem



AO Smith



40 gal should do it for family of 4 right? Thanks again.
 
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possible to extend life likely if your DIY but paying a qualified plumber might not pencil out. I work on so few electric tanks but they are very simple,, change element or both and t stats and possibly muck out heater with shop vac through the hole. might work.
KVILLE. you still living with cold water or which way did you go with rectifying issue?
 

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In my opinion, it is better to buy a new one. Its repair cost will be very high. I am leaning towards the American Water heater and Rheem.
 

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better not cheaper 50 bucks for parts to repair labor is a factor , DIY no labor cost. another factor is the finances of the owner
 
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