Time for a new water heater.
Had a State that lasted 15 years.
Have natural gas and only room for
a 40 gallon short tank.
My options are:
John Wood: 1st. hour recovery rate: 75 gallons
energy factor: .57 Six year warranty $235
Bradford White: 1st. hour recovery rate: 73 gallons
energy factor: .56 Six year warranty $249
Sears PowerMiser 6 (made by State)
1st. hour recovery rate: 67 gallons
energy factor: .57 Six year warranty $239
Thanks in advance for your help.......
Have a Bradford-White in this house which was never drained or
maintained..I've been here 3 years, Heater was installed in 1986 (!!). Only
now showing signs of rust.
So, having it replaced tomorrow with another Bradford-White which, with
regular drainings may very well last me another 15 years or more.....kinda
like urban legends. You can't go wrong with Brandford-White HWH's, or
Maytag Appliances ;)
Looked at Tankless heating units.....considerable cost ($1000+) from what I
saw, also read in that price range you're talking about 1 or 2 sources at
any given time...meaning 1 person taking a shower, with a dishwasher going
there might not be hot water for the tap, another shower, etc,
etc......gallons per minute issues???...saw about buying 2 systems running
in parallel but decided I'd stick with the cheaper, tried-and-true option.
Again, only from what I read about Tankless did I get the above info.
I'll be in this house for at least another 6-8 years.
Tankless will make more sense in the next house
when the kids have all moved out. Also, by then
maybe the tankless systems will be a bit more
I've now got a river flowing through the basement
and had to make a decision. I went with the
Bradford White. They have a good reputation
and representation in my area. The hardest part
of the installation will be trying to find a place to
install the expansion tank.
Thanks again for the ideas....
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