The Tank › Ruud Monel
- April 5, 2010 at 11:26 pm #13259joemerrittParticipant
Anyone have any idea where to get parts for this Ruud Monel gas fired 40 gallon water heater ?April 6, 2010 at 11:03 am #13264Larry WeingartenParticipant
Hello: Some parts, like a thermocouple can be made to work with this old heater, but otherwise you may need to get inventive. What’s wrong?
Yours, LarryApril 6, 2010 at 8:47 pm #13271joemerrittParticipant
I would like to get a new original gas valve for this tank, but parts will work also. When turning the valve to pilot from off the valve automatically releases gas thru the pilot and the burner, which isnt good if a high wind blows the pilot out. I was amazed from the age of the tank so instead of getting rid of it i decided to take it home and investigate. I started taking it apart and noticed that the monel tank had absolutely not one speck of rust on it inside or out, it actually looked like it just came from the manufacturers warehouse. So I decided to restore it as best I can and use it to replace my worthless 6 yr tank when it goes, which will be in 3 yrs, so I have plenty of time to find original parts “IF I CAN”. You can get original parts for model T fords why not something half its age ?
Thanks for your response
JoeApril 8, 2010 at 11:10 am #13277Larry WeingartenParticipant
Hello: Normal advice for this would go along the lines of , “Never modify a heater, just move on and get a new one.” or something similar. As long as you’re technically qualified and willing to be responsible for it, why not look at updating rather than recreating? An older gas control will be next to impossible to find new and it is not as safe as a modern control. So, I’d find a way to put a modern control and matching burner in place in your old Monel (copper nickle mix) heater. Make the BTU rating no more than the original.
Other thoughts: Check the anode in your current tank. It will buy you time. I’ve helped tanks to last for over fifty years. The Ruud heater will have higher standby loss as it has an external flue and much less insulation. If you used the the Ruud as a tempering tank to preheat your conventional heater, you could wind up with a pretty efficient and simple system 😎
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