If you’re looking to replace your water heater soon — or you just want to know how about how to make it last longer — you might want to take a second to visit WaterHeaterRescue.com. While most sites just walk you through choosing a water heater based on efficiency ratings and first-hour delivery numbers, this site tells you how to properly choose, outfit, install, and maintain a water heater if you want it to last.
A word of warning, though. The purveyors of the site also sell kits for retrofitting water heaters. But even with this caveat, I feel that most of their advice rings true.
My favorite piece of advice from the site: buy a water heater with a six-year warranty and add an extra combination anode rod in the hot water outlet in addition to the normal anode rod. They claim this is the real difference between a 12-year warranty and a six-year warranty water heater. Sure, this advice is a bit over-simplifed as most 12-year warranty water heaters usually come with other bells and whistles. But my own research indicates that 12-year warranty water heaters do indeed have two anode rods.
I’ll offer one last piece of advice that wasn’t on the site: if you’re installing a water heater yourself, read the fine print on the hot water heater warranty. You might be charged a hefty service fee for warranty repairs if you don’t follow the rules carefully.
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