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Electric or gas? I have a gas ao smith thats 22 years old still heats up very well. Constqnt looming cloud though since its well beyond its projected lifespan.Just thought that I would update the hot water tank info as I was just looking into replacing ours. It's a Kenmore Power Miser 8, and according to the serial # was manufactured in 1998, so I wasn't too far off on the age. This tank has never had any sediment drained off from the bottom, and according to the experts, with harder water coming out of our taps by rights the lifespan should have been decreased by at least 2 years due to the harder water. After reading up on the latest reviews on A.O. Smith & Rheem HW tanks, and on average only a 10 yr lifespan, I think that I may wait until this tank actually starts showing signs that it may be on its way out before I replace it. lol
I wish that someone would have told me that one day everything that you need to be a successful fish keeper, will be easily found on what will be later called the world-wide-web.