I'm replacing my aging (34 year old) AO Smith 52-gal electric water heater.
I looked at the GE brand at Home Depot. But since my water heater failed
last night, I called a plumber, and he's installing a 50-gal Bradford White
today ($360.00 + $250 installation) Is this a pretty decent brand of water
It has a 6-year warranty. They want another $170 to extend the waranty to
12 years. Any thoughts?
That sounds like a world record for a water heater tank.
Can anyone here top that?
The price for the heater is right in line with what the big box stores
charge for 50 gallon electric water heaters.
If the installation price includes delivery and removal/disposal of the
old heater I'd say the price isn't too bad if you live in a high rent
part of the country.
Too bad you can't just handle the installation yourself with a buddy or
BIL, it's really not that big a project.
Re the extended warranty, I never go for them, there always seems to be
a "catch" if you have to use them.
Yeah, I guess it could be a world's record. I don't even want to know what the
tank looks like on the inside. The good news is that it never leaked.
The plumber just installed a Bradford White 50-gal electric, and it works great!
And tt should be a lot more energy efficient.
The price is right, too. And, yes, it included delivery and the disposal of the
I'll skip the extended warranty.
Depends on what the water is like. I checked out my unit when it was 13
years old, there was a little bit of crud sitting in the bottom but
hardly significant, less than a handful. Not much in the way of minerals
in my water.
1974 to 2008, Replaced it because over the years it had filled with
gunk from the well. I washed it out a couple of months ago and put it
in my shop and it still works. Now I have a hot shower in my shop so I
can clean up before I come in. Wife is very happy.
Is that $170 for an extended warranty on the same unit, or for an
upgraded unit with, say two anodes instead of one, better insulation,
and a "smarter" control system?
With most of the brands I've compared, the 9-yr and 12-yr ones have
better features, not just a longer warranty.
Honest! We live in Central Minnesota. We moved into this house in 1977. The
builder built the house in 1974 as his personal home. This is the water heater
that came with the house. We haven't touched it. Never even drained the sediment
from the bottom. It just kept going and going...until last night when the
thermostat stuck on, and the relief valve opened up.
And that's the whole story. Wow, this must be a world record :)
Did they say why? Logic (maybe flawed) says that the reduction in sediment
would extend the life. Could it be because of the trace amount of NaCl left
in the water?
I was told that the water softener eliminates the need to drain the water
heater too. Did they say anything about that?
BTW: I don't remember who told me this. Maybe I dreamed it.
They say it's because soft water is more acidic, but I think they are
confused: AAUI, *naturally* soft water is often somewhat acidic, but I
can't see why softening water will change its pH to any significant
amount, if at all.
Heating hard water may well cause the dissolved material to precipitate
out and cake in the bottom of the tank. This reduces the efficiency and
may cause hot spots that eventually cause the tank to fail prematurely.
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