Any recommendations on the brand of hot water heater for residential use? I
currently have a 52 gal. Rheem that has the date 1980 on it. There's
nothing wrong with it (yet), but I figure it's about time. Are there any
brand names that are better than others, or some to avoid. Also, should I
go for a larger one or stay with one of equal size.
If it were to develop a huge leak, would it be a major problem? If the only
result would be a wet concrete floor, and you could easily sweep the water
into a floor drain, I'd keep it until it dies. On the other hand, if it's a
finished basement with stuff on the floor that could be damaged or
As far as size, if you do NOT find that you're running out of hot water
during peak demand, like mornings when several people may be showering
consecutively, then the size is right for you.
I say go larger if you have the space. Electric WH's are very well insulated,
like a thermos and don't "lose" stored heat like they used to. I'd rather have
80 or 100 gallons of 130 degree water ready to go at all times than 40 or 50.
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