Don't know about Bradford White but we've using a U.S. Craftmaster 40 gallon gas
water heater that was installed 20 years ago and continues to provide trouble
free performance. It's never needed a service call. Don't know if the quality
of today's models are as good, but this one's great!
From observation, they look to be of excellent quality. A local
fireman built a new home and installed a Bradford White gas unit. I
was impressed on the quality. YMMV
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I just installed _another_ gas one in my home this year. The reason I
bought another one, is so the install would go easier than b/4. I soldered
unions for the in/out on my first install. Everything lined up perfect.
I only got 5 years almost to the date on the one b/4. I bought a 6 year. I
was going to break down and go with the 12 year this time around, but they
didn't have anything except 6 year in stock. The supplier I bought from
said most get 7 to 8 years out of a 6 year. This was something I needed
now, and couldn't wait.
I wanted to get a Proline from American, but that supply house wasn't open
on Saturday. Im surprised no contractor suggested an American product.
The Bradford I just bought in March, was $149 more than it was 5 years ago.
Apparently the EPA made them change how they light. Kind of hard to swallow
almost $400, compared to $249 5 years ago.
I would recommend going with a 12 year, or the very least a 9 year.
My old GE lasted almost 20 years, but times have changed.
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