water heater size for replacment soon
I have a 40 gal. AO Smith Natural Gas in my home that was manufactured in 1994 in my home. It is still running fine no leaks and I been checking it every time I go in the basement to do laundry a few times per week. I have flushed the tanks out every other year since I bought the house in 2006 but never changed the anode rod. I am thinking I should replace it soon with a new unit before it fails but it is 5 feet from a floor drain. I am looking at a 50 gal Whirlpool energy star rated tank with electronic ignition. Are these any good?
The other thing is I am not sure that is enough of a tank. the house has 2 apartments. one with a 1 bedroom 1 bath and the other a 3 bed 1 bath unit. both have a dishwasher and washer/dryer. I have a front load washer and with the current water heater there has always been enough for everyone except one time when we had a tenant with an old deep fill top load washer that was doing a huge boat load of laundry before being evicted.
so given that its been enough most of the time with a 40 would a 50 gallon be fine or should I be looking for a larger one or maybe 2 heaters like a 30 & 40 or two 40's
I am looking at saving up for a new one after the holidays are over and I have time to deal with it. 18 years seems a good life and while its showing no sign of problems now I don't want a failure when I'm on vacation and have to pay out for emergency services just to keep tenants happy. I learned not long after buying the house that stupid things I could fix or get help to fix will go wrong, months after I bought the house I had a drain back up while I was visiting family in California had I been back home in Pennsylvania I could have cleared it and saved $100 SERVICE CALL.