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Replace or Repair Water Heater

I'm debating if I should fix a water heater where the "reset" button keeps tripping or replace it.  

To start with it is just over 20 years old (manufactured in Jan 1999) and I don't believe the anode rod has ever been replaced. When I did drain it and filled it back up, I ran water and rust came out of the kitchen faucet.  There is also a lot of manganese and the area has very hard water.  

I am also having trouble finding replacement elements. My current tank takes 1 3/8" threads. I have only found 1" threads.  The thermostats also seem like different connections. 

I am leaning toward replacement but worry about the cost and how to get rid of the old tank.  I also worry about repairing and then a couple of weeks later it starts leaking.


Thanks for the input. 


Re: Replace or Repair Water Heater

Personally I would probably feel better replacing the whole thing, especially if I am unsure how often it would leak after it is repaired - those are still added costs.

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