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    Our small business condo was built in 1975. The water heater installed then is still in service and working well. It is a 12 gal. Mor Flo (ER 12 STR)1500 Watts. We only use it in the winter and keep it at a low setting.
    From what I read on this site seems like it could be a risky thing to keep using. Should we just go for a new one or wait and see? Your professional advice will be appreciated. Thanks

    Randy Schuyler

    What you need to do is do the external inspection for electric heaters described in Know-How, in the Basics section of the main site, for which there is a link on the left side of the topics page. If the element port or ports are dry, then pull the anode and replace it. Likely you’ll have to take a regular anode and cut it to fit.

    If you find any signs of wetness or rust in the ports, replace the heater.

    If you wait to see what happens, it will eventually break and leak, as all water heaters do. Thirty-five years is very old for a water heater, but we’ve seen everything, so it’s still possible you could “rescue” it.

    Randy Schuyler


    No comfort like the voice of experienc.
    Thanks for your reply.


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