Failed in 1 year 9 months.
The first GE hot water heater I purchased from Home Depot leaked after two days. I took it back and was given the current heater for free. This one lasted almost 1year and 9 months now it leaks (not from fittings or other areas where fittings are located, it just rusted through the tank on the side near the top.
Now I will have to take it back and get another for free (which I do appreciate by the way). If I had a choice (whick I do not) I would get another brand but I cannot aford to do that every two years for a 12 year hot water heater. Also these things are heavy and I am no spring chicken so getting a heavy water heater up and down stairs is a real job.
February 28, 2013
2 yrs old - water heater leaks at the cold water inlet, hot outlet and anode rod.
My water heater has a 40 gallon capacity and uses natural gas. Its model code is SG40T12AVG00. It has a manufacturer's warranty that covers parts and labor during the first year, and parts only during years 2 through 12.
Initially, I was satisfied with the water heater.
Then, when the heater was about 2 years old, I discovered the leaks, and I became UNsatisfied. By comparison, one of the two inexpensive, original water heaters in my house was 10 years old before it leaked -- the other one is now 13 years old and still doesn't leak. And, in my two previous houses I had inexpensive water heaters and no problems, of any kind, in 14 years.
February 13, 2013