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My hot water heater at the cabin has luke warm water now, my guess is that the top element is burnt out.

However here is my question. It's either 8/9 years old and it's a seasonal cabin so it is drained for the winter.

Is it more or less likely that it will spring a leak given the way the hot water heater is used.

Looks like a new element is pretty cheap so I'm leaning towards just fixing it. However I know it is getting to that age where it could start leaking as well. I think it's a GE or Rheem water heater.

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Do you drain it in the winter? It would seem to me that should cut down on the deterioration. Maybe not give you a double life expectancy but more than 8 or 9 years. I would turn the water off to it when I wasn't there just to be safe.

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Yes I drain it every Fall and I have a shut off valve at the pressure tank that I shut off every time I leave.

I'm thinking for the price of the element if I get 2 more years out of it that I am way ahead.

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A water heater 8-9 years old is not very old. I think mine is 16 years and still work well. If I was you I would just replace the element. heck it could work fine for another 10 years.......

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Fix it. That said, check the voltage,amps when unit is on.

Make sure the thermostats/reset are in good shape, not burnt.

Last but not lest keep a eye out for when water heaters go on sale (chep)

Time will be on your side...

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