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    Water Heater - CR Area

    Mine appears to be on the fritz. It generates some hot water but seems to be kind of intermittent and runs out easily. I don't see any leaks or anything though so it is kind of strange. Any ideas? It's 7 years old.

    I don't really want to call Sears, Lowe's or Home Depot because I figure those bastards will just want to replace it no matter what. Anyone in the CR area have suggestions on a local business I could call? I was thinking of calling Hanna but don't know anything about them.



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    Re: Water Heater - CR Area

    Its time to be replaced. Most water heaters in Iowa are lucky to make it 5 years. It is probably full of lime and thats why you run out of hot water quickly



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    Re: Water Heater - CR Area

    1st off....dumb question, but do you have children that might have turned the dial down? This happens more often that people think.

    The heat control/thermostat could be going bad. Those are a bit of a chore to repalce for a handy man, but its do-able. Based on its age I can assume its one that you have to light manually? Theres no reason it needs to be replaced if its not leaking and not rusty. Water heaters run about $350-$400 these days.

    The bottom could be full of water deposits...its like a sand that fills the bottom. That requires more energy to heat the water. Sometimes they get so full at the bottom that you can't drain them out, and need to remove the hose bib just to get the water out.

    If you know of any property owners, see what they do for maintenance. Perhaps you can get a guy with some plumbing experience to come check it out.


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    Affordable plumbimg in Anamosa. Great customer service and reasonable prices. they do work all over Linn and Johnson counties.



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    Re: Water Heater - CR Area

    I work for a mechanical contractor in CR. If after checking the items FD talked about, and you want assistance, i would call Colony plumbing and heating (no, i am not affliated with them in any form). for your dollar they give you the best advice without pushing sales on you. They cost a little more than ma and pa plumbing and heating, but they are faster and usually right on with their service. Another good one to call is Ilten's. Just be careful they only deal in one brand so they tend to push a little harder.



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    Is the water really hard in CR by chance? I hear the water is so hard in West Des Moines that the average life of a hot water heater is around 10 years there. I live in Beaverdale and just replaced mine a year ago and the one it replaced was almost 25 years old and you could tell it had a lot of lime build up. Maybe try draining it once and see if that helps. If you have sediment build up you'll probably have some dirty looking water come out at first.


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    Re: Water Heater - CR Area

    I've always heard around 10yrs for a tank water heater. That said, mine is 11yrs old and still going strong.



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    I have a place in Des Moines that I wouldn't recommend, but that won't help you!



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    Is it gas or electric?


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    Re: Water Heater - CR Area

    Quote Originally Posted by CYdTracked View Post
    Is the water really hard in CR by chance? I hear the water is so hard in West Des Moines that the average life of a hot water heater is around 10 years there. I live in Beaverdale and just replaced mine a year ago and the one it replaced was almost 25 years old and you could tell it had a lot of lime build up. Maybe try draining it once and see if that helps. If you have sediment build up you'll probably have some dirty looking water come out at first.
    Until mid to late 2009 CR water was horribly hard. They completed the renovations on the main water treatment plant on Shaver Road and the hardness dropped considerably. In short, 7 years is pretty quick to crap out a heater, even if it is unfiltered unsoftened water. Quick, but not that rare here.



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    Re: Water Heater - CR Area

    I'll try to hit everyone's questions at once.

    Dial hasn't been bumped or accidentally turned down.

    It sits right next to a floor drain, so I've been pretty diligent about draining it, probably gets done 3-4 times a year.

    It's a gas heater.

    Was looking on Sears.com and looks like the Kenmores are pretty good and should be able to get one for around $500. Just going to see what happens in the next few days and if it needs replaced I guess for that price I won't sweat it too much.



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    Quote Originally Posted by ruxCYtable View Post

    Was looking on Sears.com and looks like the Kenmores are pretty good and should be able to get one for around $500. Just going to see what happens in the next few days and if it needs replaced I guess for that price I won't sweat it too much.
    I'd be careful about Kenmore. I researched brands before I replaced mine last year this time and I didn't find a lot of good reviews on them. Wound up buying a GE brand from Home depot. How big of a tank do you need? You can get a 40 gallon gas one for $356 it looks like.


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    Re: Water Heater - CR Area

    If it's full of lime and or other deposits, you should hear things popping and banging inside while the burner is running. The intermittancy imo indicates that it's not lime/calcium build up....


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    Re: Water Heater - CR Area

    Stay out of Sears/Lowe's/HD, etc. Call Affordable or Colony.



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    Re: Water Heater - CR Area

    I noticed when I was down in the basement the other day that mine made a large bang right when it started up. Is this normal? Mine is only 4 years old.


    I have heard you should drain them once in a while. Is this correct?



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