Recommendations for gas water heaters?

Any difference between GE or Whirlpool gas heaters? Is there a longer lasting line?
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Check Consumer Reports at the library. They took a bunch apart last year and found a couple of winners and loosers.

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Thanks for the advice, Fireant!
http://www.fallingskyhazard.com/catalog.htm
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Before you fork out $$ on a long term waranteed version, you may want to read this: http://www.waterheaterrescue.com /
YMMV, Cheers, cc
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longer warranty = higher price. bigger tank provided it will physically fit is better. it gives you more reserve capacity.
recovery rate, btu input is important too. Higher BTU = more capacity.
13 years ago my best friend bought a 8 year guarantee craftmaster sold by hechinger. a real off brand.
it is still going strong today
buy a tank with good efficency, that equals long term savings
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Most brands make a high efficiency model that can save a lot on gas. Make sure you get one big enough. When a water heater is undersized, the metal expands and contracts a lot more.

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