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Used tank storage.

brandonf
brandonf Member Posts: 197
Hello everyone. 

My buddy is giving me a used natural gas 50 gal water heater. 
He installed it a year ago and then he recently switched to a tankless unit. 

I don't need to use it immediately but I would like to know the best way to store it for later use, as I have rental units with older ones that will probably go within the next 3 years. 

Thanks in advance. 
Homeowner, Entrepreneur, Mechanic, Electrician,

"The toes you step on today are connected to the butt you'll have to kiss tomorrow". ---Vincent "Buddy" Cianci

Comments

  • psb75
    psb75 Member Posts: 571
    Flush and clean interior well. Use acid if lime build-up is evident. Leave drain valve on bottom open and store it indoors or at least under over.
  • JUGHNE
    JUGHNE Member Posts: 9,821
    I would clean as above, but plug all holes with loosely tightened fittings.
    A mouse would love to live in there.
  • brandonf
    brandonf Member Posts: 197
    psb75 said:
    Flush and clean interior well. Use acid if lime build-up is evident. Leave drain valve on bottom open and store it indoors or at least under over.
    What type of acid? 
    Homeowner, Entrepreneur, Mechanic, Electrician,

    "The toes you step on today are connected to the butt you'll have to kiss tomorrow". ---Vincent "Buddy" Cianci
  • Larry Weingarten
    Larry Weingarten Member Posts: 2,584
    Hi, I know of two ways to store glass-lined tanks. Either keep them full of water so the anode can protect the tank, or drain them and get them completely dry, so rusting cannot happen. I suppose mouse screens at the ports wouldn't hurt either!

    Yours, Larry