That's a good 'blanket statement' but with today's cost of energy it is
probably best to size to the home and family needs. In a small house, 2BR
with one bath, a 30 gallon may be plenty big and would save cost both in
initial purchase and in long term use.
30 gallon vs a 50 gallon operating expense is nearly the same, and a
larger tank likely lasts longer because of less thermal stress, while
riends had a 30 gallon tank and didnt know a larger one would fit,
when we went to pick a new one up, I have a van and help transporting
they are very happy I convinced them to upsize
re: small house, 2BR with one bath , a 30 gallon may be plenty big
A small house, 2BR with one bath could easily mean 2 adults and 4
kids, all needing showers in the morning and ton of laundry. Been
there, done that.
The size of the house has a whole lot less to do with the sizing of
the HWH than the usage requirements do.
I've seen a lot of new construction in NJ recently and have never seen
a 30 gal. Even in a small house today, you have not only a shower,
but typically a dishwasher, washing machine, etc. Its not hard seeing
some combination occuring where you run out of water. Especially
given the small diff in cost, for most applications 40 is the most
40 gallon is thre biggest seller and they put the arrows pointing up
on the box for a reson transport upright as you can and possible
damage the tank 30 yrs plumbing and a brother in law who is a rep for
a tank company tells me Iam right.
On Sun, 28 Oct 2007 16:00:36 -0400, email@example.com (Bob) wrote:
I just transported a 40 gallon in a van on the side. No problem for
me. The Sears guy helped us put it in. Maybe he just wanted to sell us
another one when it broke but I don't think so.
As for the size question, which was mentioned by some other folks, I
just went from a 50 to a 40. 50 was way beyond our needs and the
likely needs of any future buyer of my small house. But 30 might be on
the low side. I don't think I even saw any 30s on display and I looked
at Sears, Home Depot, and Lowes.
You can lay it on its side for transport. There is nothing inside the
tank that will be damaged by laying it down, like some refrigerators,
If it is in a carton, make sure the gas regulator and other fittings
are facing up. If not in a carton, you should protect the tank with
blankets or other padding, with the gas & pressure fittings facing up,
and make sure it can't roll.
Here\'s some of my work:
if you like me keep your tank on the cool side, so that full hot
doesnt scald you, it reduces the effective volume of hot water
available, but adds much life to your tank by reducing thermal shock
by hot and cold cycles.
but cool folks like me benefit more by a larger tank
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