I looked at Lowes and saw similar too, but like all areas, the Box Box
installers can be variable. The local HD has better guys per reputation
here for this. The Local Lowes guys apparently have had lots of complaints
on quality of install for gas water tank heaters.
The direct vent heaters tend to be substantially more expensive than the
My understanding of the higher warrantee is that they just put more or bigger
anodes in tha longer warrantee units. You can replace the anode after 6 years
for a similar advantage.
Its only 58% efficient, not energy star rated-qualified. www.energystar.gov
has efficency ratings for all tanks made. 58%, so 42% of every dollar
you spend heating water is wasted, up the chimney. You can do better.
Tankless start at 82EF. You need to compare and buy by EF ratings is
you want to save on utilities. You can only go to about 84EF on a tank
but that is better than 58 EF, Tankless BTW go to 94 EF, but you of
course, I know, dont want a tankless. Learn what the EF rating is and
use that as a guidline.
a good bit of the wasted energy helps to heat your home.
if you have the bucks buy a VERTEX they qualify for the energy tax
credit, are 90% efficent, and they are storage units so they dont
suffer the downsides of tankless. endless hot water their recovery is
awesome. direct vent, they cost 1500 bucks installed locally.
No Vertex is 90% overall efficient, the EF rating is near 84 unless
you can post otherwise. Dont you find it strange the EF rating is not
on AOs Vertex page. EF is overall efficency and how you compare tanks.
I think I know this since I have a AO Cyclone, a condensing tank of
Ok thanks! Good to know. The old one is well past it's lifecycle. A
simple 15 year unit we got 'lucky' with. It was installed in 1985. It
still works, but is rapidly showing only partial function. Due to it's age
(nearing 25 years), better to replace than repair.
I couldn't see price either, but it doesn't matter. Swore-off
anything/everything GE quite some time ago.
Unless things have changed a bunch, I'd price a comparable
AO Smith. Strongly suspect it would be much kinder to you years
down the road.
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