terribly quickly - requiring too much maintenance -and do NOT save an
awfull lot of gas. I DID consider getting an electronic pilot light
unit instead of a standing pilot, but I would have had to order it in.
over the life of the heater. Again, not likely worth the extra cost -
which is why I chose to go the way I did. I'd have saved more by
buying from the distributor across town instead of from Home Despot -
but the convenience of having HD so close to home outweighed the
potential savings, given my time constaints etc.
and water heater standing pilots have tiny flames using very little
gas, till heat is called for, believe its called 2 stage ignition, and
whats burned by the pilot helps keep the water warm..... new tanks
insulation is much better than older ones too.
take note tankless manufacturers claim very long life, but their
warranties are actually shorter than many tank type heaters.
when a tankless fails you have zero hot water. and a soophiscated
device probably requiring pro service and perodic flushing to remove
I dont mind investing 30 bucks a year in a 12 year tank type heater
knowing i will likely never have to do a thing to it besides replace
it at end of life........
well i probably should wash dust off the outer case
My last water heater I replaced the anode - just about when it should
have been. also replaced the T/P valve when it failed (d'oh!) and the
drain valve which I had to cap off to get it to fill without leaking.
Of course, it was something like 20 years old when SW(useta)MBO had it
replaced to make the house more saleable, and IMHO it was a waste of
I (heart) gas water heaters, because I (heart) long scalding hot
showers. I also tend to only be home briefly, so "oh, you can't take a
hot shower, I just ran the (dishwasher, washing machine, whatever)" is
unacceptable to me - but not a problem w/ a properly sized gas tank.
I really miss that house, now, actually :/ It was finally getting to
the point where most of the stuff just... worked.
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