Whirlpool or GE Waterheater?


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Old 07-24-07, 08:05 PM
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Whirlpool or GE Waterheater?

We are needing to buy a new water heater. I have done quite a bit of research on what to look for in a water heater and and whether to buy another "tank type" storage heater or a tankless. We have decided to buy another tank type. I have narrowed it down to either the Whirlpool Energysmart 50 gal or the GE Smartwater 50 gal. Any advice as to which will be the better water heater?
 
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Just within the last month, a class action lawsuit was settled on the Whirlpool gas water heaters. Supposedly, the design deficienies have been fixed but it was a big problem for the last 4 years, so I wouldn't buy one right now until the dust settles.

If your water heater is electric, either brand is satisfactory.
 
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Old 07-26-07, 04:49 AM
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GE water heaters are made by Rheem. So that's a plus.
 
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Old 07-26-07, 08:57 AM
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Fyi

Rheem makes Rheem, Ruud, Richmond and General Electric tanks.

A.O. Smith, making its own brand and State, Reliance, Kenmore and Censible tanks
 
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GE= Rheem= Now made in Mexico. Not the same units that were made in the US a few years ago. Do a little Google search and see what you get especially with warranty issues.

My favorite brand is Bradford White. Top quality and still made in the US. In my area I can buy these units for less than the GE model. A true bargain.
 
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Thank You

Thanks to each of you for your replies! I will certainly take it all into consideration and follow up on the search for warranty issues. I have had a tough time finding any info on the GE- but I will now search for Rheem too! The replies have been really helpful! This weekend is "heater day".
 
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Do you have to buy Bradford White from professional suppliers instead of
retailers? Normally, it should cost a lot more, right?

Thanks,


Originally Posted by jim-connor View Post
GE= Rheem= Now made in Mexico. Not the same units that were made in the US a few years ago. Do a little Google search and see what you get especially with warranty issues.

My favorite brand is Bradford White. Top quality and still made in the US. In my area I can buy these units for less than the GE model. A true bargain.
 
 

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