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Re: Hot Water Heater Recommendations

Posted By: Joe
Sunday, 5 March 2000, at 8:40 p.m.

In Response To: Hot Water Heater Recommendations (Theresa Cathcart)

A knocking water heater with little heat generally means:

1) that silt has built up in the bottom of the heater and that it should be flushed and drained repeatedly until the drained water runs clear...

2) you have a bad dip tube that needs to be replaced

3) both

Bottom line is that a 10 year old heater has reached its life expectancy and replacing is likely the best solution.

50 gallon heaters have faster and more efficient recovery times than 40 gallon heaters.

Some common good name brands are AO Smith, Rheem, etc...

An option is to use 2 50 gallon heaters if necessary...One serving some of the house, the other serving the other part....

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