world's oldest operating water heater

Discussion in 'Water Heater Forum, Tanks' started by Darren from Tacoma, Jun 30, 2012.

  1. Darren from Tacoma

    Darren from Tacoma New Member

    Jun 30, 2012
    Tacoma, WA
    Just replaced a Honor-Bilt Water heater made for Sears & Roebuck. By our best estimates it was made around 1961 (had a '61' cut into the jacket and there was a 61 in the first part of the serial number and the apartment was built around the early 60's)! We found an add from a Miami newspaper from 1962 that had a tank like ours for $48.99. It had access pannels similar to ours. Our tank had water inlet/outlets on the side (top and bottom) and when was the last time they did that? It was glass lined and we only had to replace it because the thermostat stuck on (what a time bomb!) We saved the one access pannel and the data plate. --

    Don't find too many 50+ year old water heaters still working (never did leak!!) water heater 2908a.jpg
    Last edited: Jun 30, 2012
  2. leejosepho

    leejosepho DIY scratch-pad engineer

    Nov 23, 2006
    disabled-retired industrial fabricator
    200 miles south of Little Rock
    Cool deal!
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    MASTERPLUMB777 In the Trades

    Aug 6, 2007
    Retired Master Plumber
    Yeah i ran across a couple of those in Washington state back in the early 2000's elements
    were electric wire coils held in place by ceramic disks,
    1 in the Spokane area, and 1 on the west side neither was leaking, but had electric problems
  5. Master Plumber Mark

    Master Plumber Mark Master Plumber

    Feb 6, 2005
    Sensitivity trainer.. plumber of mens souls
    indianapolis indiana - land of the free, home of
    we had one of those a few years ago just about blow up on us....

    showed up to the home and steam was comming out of the faucets.
    I was more than a little worried about it and shut down the power........

    so it was ready to launch itself out the roof... I just turned on the hot water
    at the bathtub and stood back for about 30 minutes while it cooled itself down....

    they wanted it repaired and with a little convinceing we changed it out for their
  6. ballvalve

    ballvalve General Engineering Contractor

    Dec 28, 2009
    "retired" and still building and troubleshooting
    northfork, california
    I have a 120 gallon compressed air tank dated 1931. Incredibly, the shell ends are bronze or brass and brazed to a steel tank. 150 psi for mabe a century. Those were the days.
  7. CoconutPete

    CoconutPete New Member

    May 15, 2012
    North CT / Denmark
    You've got me beat by 8 years. Mine is manufactured in 1969 and still making hot water.

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