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crieders

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Failure to drain hot water heater
« on: March 25, 2019, 11:29:45 AM »

I noticed when I went to check out the boat that I failed to drain the hot water heater this year. So I promptly drained it!!  Any chance it survived?
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Re: Failure to drain hot water heater
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2019, 12:18:10 PM »

There’s always a “chance” especially since it’s below. Mine is up in the cockpit ( no protection) so 12 yrs ago mine had no chance. How luck do you feel?
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Re: Failure to drain hot water heater
« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2019, 12:47:30 PM »

My vote is yes, it probably survived.  May have shortened the life by expanding and damaging the tank liner.
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Re: Failure to drain hot water heater
« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2019, 01:09:17 PM »

Given the other projects I need to do this year, new rigging, bottom sanding, windless and radar pole....maybe I will just wait and see
Not to mention sailing the boat from Long Island to Chesapeake...
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Re: Failure to drain hot water heater
« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2019, 01:34:09 PM »

Cliff : If your hot water heater is the original OEM - it's ONLY 29 years old and surely doesn't owe you anything!!!

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Re: Failure to drain hot water heater
« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2019, 05:02:33 PM »

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May have shortened the life by expanding and damaging the tank liner.

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Mine caught a cold about 20 yrs ago, the split was right behind the fitting (weldment) to the tank.  Buddy welder repaired it for a 6-pack.   12 yrs ago, roughly in the same location, but the buddy is now 700 mi away, so it wasn't worth messing with. Plus the beer is more expensive now.
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