It is this very criteria that causes me to STAY with a gas heater, although I
BRIEFLY considered an electric unit.
At my former home, we were all-electric. I replaced the 40 with a 50 JUST IN
TIME for the three, growing daughters to "discover" hot water. The timing was
PERFECT! I had no complaint about the unit, recovery rate or otherwise. *I*
always had hot water and that was good enough for ME!!
Now, I must replace my aging 50-gallon. Downsize; High-recovery; High
efficiency; name brand; cheapie; in-between; This is silly.
I am currently leaning toward downsizing to a 40 but, this time, a
I'm sure A.O.Smith downsized the actual gallon capacity (by 2) of this
particular "high recovery forty" to achieve the impressive recovery rate.
The OP mentioned their preference for a FULL-TUB bath. We have one "full"
bath with a whirlpool tub (one person). One whirlpool bath and a 38-gallon
model will surely be exhausted. Given that the tub is virtually never used,
it is of VERY little influence in my selection process. Heck, I remember
taking baths when I was little and my mom coming in with a huge pot of water
she'd heated on the stove to augment what came out of the tap. I don't
remember for sure, but I presume the water heater had given its all at these
There is no way I'd EVER even consider having an electric water heater
We had an electric water heater and stove at our vacation cabin for a
while when we first bought it. After 6 months of paying that
outrageous electric bill, I swapped them both out for propane units.
Any electric heating unit is going to be way less efficient than it's
At our house, I have a 40 gallon high efficiency water heater. My wife
and I can take extremely long showers back to back and we still have
never managed to drain it. Even after doing a load of laundry and
running the dishwasher beforehand.
When looking for a house, one of the first things I look for is all gas
appliances (furnace, water-heater, dryer, stove). The only 220
breakers in the fuebox are the ones that power the garage and A/C.
Jim Redelfs wrote:
I have now changed my mind. I no longer think you should downsize to a 40
gal. You should get a 50 gal. When 1 of your son-in-laws loses his job, and
the family moves in with you, you're going to need that extra 10 gallons.
Everything in a potential house can be changed. When looking for a
the first and last thing to look for, is if your wife likes it.
Sounds nice BUT!
What if theres no gas in the neighborhood:(
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