Ok, well having accidentally ignited what apparently is a chronic and highly
thermal debate on tank vs. tankless, let's say for the moment that I am sold
on the tank option.
For a gas supplied house (from town, not a propane tank), are there any
particularly good brands suggested in the 60 to 80 gal range?
Any brands to stay away from is also appreciated information.
My last one I put in, is a Bradford White. The one b/4 that, was a A.O.
Smith. I see these are both recommended brands, by the links Rico posted.
They sell A.O. Smith, at real lumber yards, in my area. Bradford White is
pretty much through a plumbing supplier, except there is one small hardware
store near me, which sells the Bradford White.
I wouldn't dream of buying the junk sold at box stores, after I had one go
bad just after 2 years. They pro-rated the thing, and I got about $40 out
of them, after a loooooooooong time, and a lot of headaches. After this
experience, I had a couple more bad experiences, and learned the hard
way...... Stay away from box stores.
AO Smith has a commercial condensing line, Cyclone, with scale
cleanout panel, they cost alot, my last AO lasted 25 years. The
Cyclone is 93-96% efficent but EF rating is only fair, I have a 90
gallon AO for 14 units, You need recovery as in btu so an 80 gallon
would be to much. But at $2000+ its a bite. Contact AO for their
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