Hot Water heater problems
We had a hot water heater leaking last year, so in May I replaced it with a Seaward F1100 that I purchased from West Marine. In December when I was winterizing the water lines, I noticed antifreeze coming out of the heater. I pulled it out since the heat exchanger was leaking. I installed it this April when we de-winterized the boat. That night as I was finishing cleaning up, I noticed more antifreeze coming from the water heater. I checked the clamps, then lifted the heater up and had a very steady drip coming out! I couldn't believe it. West Marine said they would have another one the next day. Replaced that one with another F1100. Installed that one and everything seemed fine. I still haven't started the engines yet. I went back down to the boat several days later, lifted the stairs and couldn't believe what I saw. More antifreeze!!!! Yep, #3 leaking also!!!! Now my call to West Marine wasn't nearly as nice as the last 3. Then I was informed that they no longer are selling the Seaward brand. Thanks for that info. They replaced it with a West Marine brand they just started carrying. It's been in 2 days and so far no signs of leakage. Hopefully this one will hold up better than the Seawards. I know some people have good luck with the brand, but it'll never be on my boat again!!! On the bright side, if anyone needs any tips installing a water heater in a 4100 sca, Just drop me a line.