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failed Heat-Flo tank. 4.5 years

metropical
metropical Member Posts: 9
edited June 2015 in Domestic Hot Water
Our DHW tank began leaking this winter sometime. Although it was a harsh winter, it's never below 60º in the basement where the tank is.
It's a 4.5 yo installation of a Heat-Flo tank.

Heat Flo replaced the tank foc, but "charged" the (original and current) install plumber, or so he says.
It was less than an hours worth of time.

He says he has to change out about 15% of these tanks a year.

Any truth to any of this? Or did I just install more failure?

Comments

  • hot_rod
    hot_rod Member Posts: 16,289
    What was the failure? Leak in the tank, coil, or connection weld?
    Bob "hot rod" Rohr
    trainer for Caleffi NA
    Living the hydronic dream
  • metropical
    metropical Member Posts: 9
    tank
  • hot_rod
    hot_rod Member Posts: 16,289
    Did you strip off the jacket and insulation see if it was a weld or ?
    Bob "hot rod" Rohr
    trainer for Caleffi NA
    Living the hydronic dream
  • metropical
    metropical Member Posts: 9
    nope
  • hot_rod
    hot_rod Member Posts: 16,289
    If there is a rash of failures on a brand or type of tank, it may be a water compatibility issue.

    Stainless tanks struggle with high chlorides, a glass lined steel tank may be a better option.

    It is a good idea to have the water tested if you see multiple failures on a type of tank.
    I have seen cutaways of that tank, it is a quality built tank, not an import "wannabe"
    Bob "hot rod" Rohr
    trainer for Caleffi NA
    Living the hydronic dream