I just got a new water heater and furnace installed, and the contract
I signed says they would be putting in a Rheem water heater, although
no model number was specified. Now that it's been installed, I notice
they actually put in an AO Smith Promax Plus 50 gallon water heater.
I don't know anything about water heaters, so is there any difference
in quality between the Rheem and AO Smith water heaters? Also, I was
surprised to see it uses a pilot light whereas my furnace has an
ignitor so there isn't a pilot light always burning. Are pilot lights
still the norm on gas water heaters?
First, be glad they didn't install the Rheem water heater. They used to be a
top quality water heater, but they became complete trash when they
redesigned them a couple years ago to meet the new mandates. Even though I
do prefer the Bradford White over the A. O. Smith. the A. O. Smith is a
Second, pilot lights on water heaters are still normal on natural draft
units. If you had upgraded to a power vent unit, it would have been
electronic ignition. This again is nothing to concern yourself with.
in buffalo ny: in case of a power failure:
it depends on your purchase choice. on a basic pilot light natural gas
water heater, when the power fails you still have additional hot water
[unless you have an electrically operated gas valve].
if you have gravity fed or city water, you will have cold water and
hot water. if you have electrical ignition and/or a flue blower,
running your water heater is only good for its last tankful until the
electricity is restored. so your hot shower just became a valuable
with a basic natural gas stove: if you can use a portable barbecue
lighter to launch the spark pilot in the oven/broiler you can broil
and perhaps bake depending on the requirements of the oven's gas
if your gas stove requires 110v to operate its burners thru an
electronic control, you may be out of cooking heat even though the
natural gas supply is present. follow your stove manual's
instructions. if you unplug the gas stove's 110 volts, can you
manually light a top burner? -the oven/broiler?
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