Apropos of the recent threads on anodes, tank/tankless, etc, what are the
alternatives to running off to HD/Sears on the day my water heater goes?
Are there water heaters out there that are demonstrably superior to others?
Review sources? Can they be shipped in a timely way?
Consumer reports has ratings... but they hold them back.... an otherwise
Inybody got the ratings?
More discussion here:
Ahm thinkin electric -- but even with the better thermodynamics, more
expensive, fuel-wise, apparently.
There's always commercial units, like from AO Smith. They'll start in
larger sizes though. It's anecdotal, but I've not seen one rust through on
the 6th year like the stuff at box stores. They must be making strange
fractional guage sheet metal in china that's engineered to rust through
the second the warranty is up on regular water heaters these days.
My mom has a gas AO Smith domestic unit. We're thinking we might want to
replace it. It's only 25 years old, and still appears to be fine, but
it's probably living on borrowed time. I'm just starting my search.
I have no idea if the current AO Smith units are this good anymore, but
that's where I'm starting.
Definitely go for the model with the longest warranty. I think AO Smith
typically does 10 year. I'd also check that whatever you get is still
made in the US.
CR didn't actually rate the water heaters. The Buying Guide is
it for information. Natural gas annual operating expense is about half
of electric based on national averages according to them.
CR said go for the longer warranty since those are generally built
I like gas - much faster recovery if you have lots of housemates and/or
a schedule that requires taking a shower soon after doing laundry, etc.
Electrics just can't keep up. Gas water heaters are more expensive
than electric to purchase, but IMHO it is well worth it.
I would also recommend replacing the (likely plastic) drain valve with a
dielectric nipple, ball valve, etc. as suggested before pre-installation
- you'll feel much more confident about flushing out the sediment every
year and therefore will be more likely to actually do it.
replace "roosters" with "cox" to reply.
after a lifetime of running out of hot water my current tank is 75
gallons 75,000 BTUs... endless hot water:) without the downsides of
tankless:) I have 2 washing machines, a dishwasher and 3 people
My last tank was 50 gallons 75,000 BTUs, when it started seeping I
couldnt find a 50 gallon tank so I went with the 75 gallon one.... the
50 gallon tank was fine.....
Friends have wimpy 30 and 40 gallon tanks 25,000 BTU...... I couldnt
live with that:(
the better tank doesnt cost that much more and my theory. a small tank
means the tank itself cycles hot cold a lot, where larger tanks with
more BTUs lead a less stressful life, they dont got hot cold so much
On Fri, 1 Feb 2013 18:26:05 -0500, "Existential Angst"
Menards. That's what I did. Just measure height of vent, water
fittings and gas fitting placement so you can pick up any needed
fittings or vent.
I got one real close in size but still needed to pick up a couple
nipples to get the same fit. Richmond 40 gal, 6-year.
Cheap, but I never had a tank that didn't last 15 years or so.
It's a "not broke, don't fix item," and I don't keep a spare.
No big deal going even a few days without a water heater.
You can heat water in pots if you can't replace it right away.
<WAAAAAAAAAA> I never heard of Carnot, and certainly didn't know engine
effic was related to temp.
<WAAAAAAAAAA> I certainly didn't know the two could be combined wrt
But, on the brite side, you proly give very good head.
On 2/1/2013 6:26 PM, Existential Angst wrote:> Awl --
> Apropos of the recent threads on anodes, tank/tankless, etc, what are the
> alternatives to running off to HD/Sears on the day my water heater goes?
> Are there water heaters out there that are demonstrably superior to
> Review sources? Can they be shipped in a timely way?
I'm happy with my GE 40gal, 12yr, with 40,000 btu burner that I bought
at Home Depot last summer.
The 12yr models have twice the insulation than the 6 & 9 yr models.
Plus if you have a HD credit card, you can get 6 months same as cash.
If you're in the US, your electric bill is about to take a big hike.
So gas would be my recommendation. As far as which one, there was
only one make and model that fit the utility closet where it lives at
my place, so that was an easy choice. If you get a glass-lined one,
blow it out regularly and it's got more than a skimpy insulation
blanket, you'll probably be happy. Probably a long warranty will cost
more, but might mean that the company put more than tomato can metal
in the tank. Needed capacity is going to be determined by how many
people you've got in the place, how many showers they take and how
many loads of laundry a week you do. I know my folk's gas and water
bill took a steep dive after my sister moved out.
Any ratings you see are NOT going to be about durability, are purely
running costs. Most retail models will have sticker on them at the
store with that info. And they'll be biased towards the high-end
computerized models. They probably won't last long enough to pay off
the replacement of a simple pilot light with all the extra hardware.
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