We just moved into a house less than a month ago. Built in 1949, but somewhere along the way they turned the attic into living space (2 rooms and a bathroom). The hot water heater (electric) is in the part that is still the "attic". The only way to get to it is through a door you have to crawl through. There's ductwork everywhere. We cant get close to the water heater let alone stand up in front of it to see how old it is, what model, what shape it's in, etc... We have no idea how they got it in there, unless they went through the wall and then patched it up. My question is, does it seem like it would make more sense for us to buy a new hot water heater and have it installed somewhere else? We have a closet downstairs that would fit, that has the washer and dryer hookups on the outside wall. We are first time homebuyers and dont have a lot of money to spare! I'm worried the water heater will leak in the attic and I wont know until its coming through the ceiling!