Buying a Gas Water Heater

Old 03-16-01, 09:46 PM
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I'm taking the time now to research gas hot water heaters to replace our old and undersized one later this spring. Any thoughts/suggestions about what I should look for? I've heard something about getting one with a replacable "Anode" rod - is that a worthwhile option? Any good quality brands (but not over-priced) that I should consider?
Old 03-17-01, 06:54 AM
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Hello: Ed Breyer

Basically, all tank type water heaters are the same. Fact is: there are only a tiny hand full of manufacturers making them all under different names. Therefore, in my opinion, all tank types are basically about equal.

Most important is water tank capacity and warranty. Efficiency and operational costs ratings will be posted on a label on the tank. The cost ratings are based on the rates for gas therms on the averages. Your exact costs can be figured using the formular on the label.

If you purchase a tank with a ten year warranty, replacing the anode rod should not be necessary. By the time the ten year warranty is up, the tank will have served is life expectancy. Any time after the 10 years is just a cost free benefit.

If your considering a tankless water heater {since you didn't mention your intended replacement type} I have posted a topic on tankless units in this forum. More information can be found within the archives of this forum and the plumbing forum on the topics.
Old 03-17-01, 09:37 PM
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Thanks Tom for the reply. I looked at the Home Depot water heaters today and noticed that the GE line they carry is actually made by Rheem. Seems people trust the GE name so Home Depot got them to label a line made by Rheem. So far I'm leaning to their 9yr warranty, 50 gal gas heater ($270).

Thanks Again

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