A.O.Smith water heater life expectancy

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    In 2007 I installed a 40 gallon gas water heater. It leaked at about 5-3/4 years. New unit provided free. It just leaked after almost 6 years. 2nd unit only had the warranty balance from first. Now I am faced with paying for a new unit (Had almost 12 years use of 2 heaters) plus labor again. What is up with AO Smith units that only last 6 years. I expect 12 or more would be reasonable life. Company would do nothing. Comments on life expectancy experiences? Model GCV 40
     
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    Are you draining the heaters on a regular basis? Are these heaters equipped with an anode rod? If so, what condition was the rod in when replaced? If you are on a well, have you had your water tested?
     
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    City water. Factory installed anode rod. Sure not drained, but even when people neglect to drain, they usually get 10+ years out of heater, Forgot to mention that on second heater, gas valve went in two years. Horrendous life expectancy of heater and parts.
     
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    Agreed. I bought a house with a 15 year old water heater and it still functioned. I replaced it two years later because the bottom rusted out. It was still making hot water.
     
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    They don't make stuff like they used to.
    We bought our house in 1972. It had a glowarm Majorca back boiler/gas fire i the lounge that had been installed when the house was built in the mid sixties. we had a Worcester combi boiler replacment fitted in the kitchen in 2002. "They had to beat the Gloworm to death with a stick"...Well.... with a sledgehammer to get it out as the boiler was made of cast iron. The Worcester had to be replaced last year.

    I'm using a water heater in the garage I put in, in 1985. It was second-hand then.
     
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