12:17PM | 02/07/02
Member Since: 02/06/02
1 lifetime posts
My hot water is running out in about 4 mins. It is a 40gal tank & is about 14 years old. My first guess is that the lower element is bad. So, I decided to drain the tank and replace. Only, I cannot get any water to drain. Have opened faucets, hooked up the hose, etc. Probably sediment buildup. I then called a local plumber who said I did not have to drain the water. Said all i needed to do was shut off the cold water in, turn on a hot water faucet to relieve the pressure, and then I could remove the element. He said to expect about a quart of water loss, but that's about it.

My questions:
1. can an element be replaced without draining the water as he states
2. is it worth the effort to try replacing the element, or is there a good chance the thing is so old i just need a new one.


02:09PM | 02/07/02
Member Since: 01/22/02
101 lifetime posts
14yr HWH - Think of it as 1 foot on the banana peel, other in the grave!


01:14AM | 09/08/07
Member Since: 09/06/07
1 lifetime posts
I am not much experiences with this but can share my experience with my old water heater. Probably about your age too.

We did have to drain our heater when it quit "heating", then took out the element and replaced it for about $20.00.

Since then it has run great. Figure that saved me at least the cost of a new tank. Was worth the trouble to me.




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