This Might Be A Record For Water Heater Age

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Recently our office sold an older home that was owned by an elderly lady who was the second owner.  She and her husband had purchased the home in about 1956 .  That is 52 years ago   almost as old as me....not quite.  Well the water heater was shown to have some problems and the technician indicated that no parts were made for this water heater, because it was so outdated.

 

 Now let me tell you, in our area 10 years old  is old for a water heater . The salt content in our water tends to devour things like water heaters... It isn't uncommon to see them go out in 3 or even four years!

Now when I was told that this heater could still heat water, but wasn't sound, I wanted to go see for myself what it was.  I once saw a water heater that was about 40 years old, and that was amazing to me.  I know the early heaters were well built even by today's standards.  Take a look at those easy to use "Man-Sized" controls.  Now a days, in order to adjust the temp on modern water heaters, you have to unscrew a plate, move the insulation, and lay on your stomach to change the temperature with a small screwdriver, while hoding a flashlight.

I think this one could be pushing the record for old age in water heaters folks, and in the very least may be a record for our area.  Here are a few shots.   It appears to be manufactured by Sears.   But that is all I know.  Maybe someone out there recognizes it.  If so speak up please. 

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Rainmaker
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John Occhi
SRES,CPRES.ePRO - Temecula-Murrieta CA Real Estate
Mason Real Estate

It looks very retro - like it might be from the 50's???

Is this possible???

Now Have a Blessed Day,

John Occhi, Hemet REALTOR®
Mission Grove Realty

December 03, 2007 11:09 PM
Rainmaker
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Sondra Meyer
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Star View Real Estate
Those controls are BIG!  Thanks for sharing the cool picture.  Did the buyers keep it? 
December 03, 2007 11:12 PM
Rainmaker
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NW Real Estate |Colleen Fischesser & CO Serving Seattle-Tacoma area Since 1990!
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Maple Valley RealtorOmg, Trey! That's unbelievable.......I love these kind of stories, they make great small talk when in the car showing or as an inspection anecdote. Thanks for sharing!

Colleen "Fish"

www.ColleenFish.com   www.MapleValleyRealEstate.com

Over 18 years experience serving the South Seattle/South King County Market

December 03, 2007 11:13 PM
Rainmaker
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Terry & Bonnie Westbrook
Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re
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WOW 12 to 14 years was a long time ago. Maybe we can sell it on ebay.
December 03, 2007 11:21 PM
Rainmaker
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Trey Thurmond
College Station , Texas Homes
BCR Realtors

Terry

Honestly I think this heater is 40 plus.

December 03, 2007 11:29 PM
Rainer
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Kris Wales
Real Estate Blog & Homes for Sale search site, Macomb County MI
Keller Williams Realty - Lakeside Market Center
If I'm not mistaken, that brand name was sold under the Montomery Wards name yearrrrrrs back. (I'm not that old, but my grandparents did all their appliance shopping there :-)
December 04, 2007 06:13 AM
Rainmaker
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Charles McDonald
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Charlottesville Real Estate Solutions

LOL, I love that gauge!!! It may be worth a fortune in an antique store!!!

Merry Christmas!

 

December 04, 2007 06:48 AM
Rainmaker
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Trey Thurmond
College Station , Texas Homes
BCR Realtors

Update on the water Heater.......Today the buyer changed it out for a new on. The drain cock wouldn't open on the old one.  Probably rusted shut.  So now the plumber is having to drag 400 lbs of water and sheet metal up some steep stairs to get it out of the home.  Fun.

 

December 04, 2007 08:00 PM
Rainer
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Jonathan Cook
Classic Realty, Inc.
Wow Trey, that IS old!
December 05, 2007 11:15 AM
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Trey, Wow I had no idea a water heater could last that long at all.  Maybe I will be so lucky that mine will..ha.      Yes the controls were much easier to read in the 'old days'......haha

December 05, 2007 03:28 PM
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Trey Thurmond
College Station , Texas Homes
BCR Realtors

Kay...    yes with our vision we need all the help we can get. I wish they would bring those controls back.

Trey

December 05, 2007 04:33 PM
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Marchel Peterson
Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro
Results Realty

Trey, that just don't build things today like they did back then do they? 

December 05, 2007 05:49 PM
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Trey Thurmond
College Station , Texas Homes
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Marchel is right!
December 05, 2007 10:17 PM
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