The Reliance Sta-Kleen 805 is a discontinued gas water heater featuring self-cleaning technology to prevent corrosion and increase efficiency. It featured a patented Aqua-Force Ring to keep sediment from collecting, and extra-thick foam insulation and heat traps to assist in holding heat inside the glass-lined tank.
Got ours in 1985 and it developed a leak 2 days ago. That's 34 years folks! Can't believe it. Fantastic, inexpensive, super product! Thanks Sta-Kleen! I need another one now and will take one just like it.
"Finally required replacement"
The water heater is about to cease working…purchased in 1991! I would call that a very good roi! I would replace it with another one, same model, but it is no longer available.
San Antonio, TX
"On a mission"
It's August 12, 2018. I purchased a 50-gallon Reliance Sta-Kleen 805 water heater from Home Depot in April 1995. Yesterday, after 23 years, the tank has started leaking. I bought my first house and replaced the existing water heater knowing the problems an old heater might have. I cannot be more satisfied with my choice. Now I am on a mission to find a heater compatible to the 805. Nothing less.
Cathedral City, CA
"Unbelievable-Purchased January 21, 1995 and still going."
This has to be some kind of record. I still have the original receipt. The only problem was some kind of valve on the outside of the tank that failed at least 10 years ago sending water through the basement wall into the garage and down my driveway. The valve was replaced and no problems. Hey, Reliance…can you offer me a 'deal' on a new Reliance gas water heater? Contact me asap via e-mail (see below); my elevation is 7420' fyi. I am getting a new furnace and air conditioning unit this spring…I was offered a Rheem 6 year warranty gas water heater through a contractor but I have real misgivings about it.
Palmer Lake, CO
"Reliance Sta-Kleen 805 Water Heater"
I purchased a 50 gallon Reliance Sta-Kleen 805 water heater from Home Depot around 1991. After 25 years the tank has started leaking. The only problem I had after many years of service is the pilot light would not stay lit. I cleaned the orifice tip in the pilot and it has worked perfectly ever since. I believe the heater's long life was due to the glass-lined tank and the swirl-clean technology. I tried looking for a new Reliance water heater at the big box hardware stores with no luck. I went online to Jet.com and found a California Low-NOX compliant Reliance Self-Cleaning Natural Gas 1.5 Insulated 50-Gal Gas Water Heater for ~$600 delivered. If the new Reliance lasts as long as the old 805 model I will be quite satisfied.
Most reviews on the Sta-Kleen 805 on sites such as terrylove.com concern a leaking or failing water heater. This actually seems to be a positive, because many of these tanks are 15 to 20 years old, meaning that they lasted far past their warranty period.