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A O Smith Water Heater

JeffJeff Posts: 99Member
I was told by my plumbing supplier that A. O. Smith makes a fine hot water heater...GAS....

They also said I will most likely get more than the 6 years out of it that it is warranteed for?

Any opinions as I will be purchasing this weekend....My STATE heater is past its prime. Was installed in 91 and is giving up its ghost!
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  • michaelmichael Posts: 230Member
    A.O. Smith

    I believe A.O. Smith only sells to contractors, so if you're a homeowner, you won't be able to find it in stores.

    -Michael
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  • Robert O'ConnorRobert O'Connor Posts: 688Member
    Jeff..

    Be sure to get a permit first.

    Robert O'Connor/NJ
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  • Larry WeingartenLarry Weingarten Posts: 985Member ✭✭✭
    Brand doesn't really matter much

    Each make has their advantages, but simply getting a well insulated 5 or 6 year tank and making sure you put two full length magnesium anodes in it will give you a very long lived tank. If you check those anodes every five years or so you can expect to keep the tank going quite a few decades, so long as nothing else like pressure or overhead leaks intervene.

    Brand matters only in how the name is backed up. If the service is better or more reliable from one distributor than others, the choice is clear.

    Yours, Larry
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  • jim lockardjim lockard Posts: 1,059Member
    jeff

    pipe the T&P relief valve to the floor
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  • ScottScott Posts: 5,884Member
    A.O. Smith is good.

    So is Bradford White, so is Ruud, so is State, so is American MorFlo, so is .....

    I agree with Larry.

    Scott

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  • GeoGeo Posts: 69Member
    water heaters

    You don't sell the steak... you sell the sizzle, but I would put morflo in the quarter pounder arena.Glad there gone.
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  • ScottScott Posts: 5,884Member
    Geo

    The point is they are a commoditie. They are all pretty much the same.

    I don't see any sizzle ...

    There all quarter pounders.

    Scott

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  • JeffJeff Posts: 99Member
    why the T& P....

    to the floor? I know that is how mine is now....
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    Jeff, As a Home Inspector I see a lot of water heaters in a year. I have to date them and pay attention to their condition at whatever age they may be... I typically see A O Smith's long past their life expectancy... If I had a conventional water heater I would buy an AO Smith. In fact the oldest water heater I've ever seen (35 years old and still kicking) was an AO... I also agree strongly with Larry - Have your plumber put a second anode rod in it before he installs it. Make sure he pipes it with shut off valves on both sides and unions so it will be easy to disconnect and maintain. Change the anode rod every 4-5 years and keep it going for a long long time... - By the way, Larry's not flashing his credentials here - http://www.waterheaterrescue.com/TheTank.html - Not sure I agree with the buy any old yugo and put good tires on it philosophy but the maintenance factor is right on...
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    Jeff, As a Home Inspector I see a lot of water heaters in a year. I have to date them and pay attention to their condition at whatever age they may be... I typically see A O Smith's long past their life expectancy... If I had a conventional water heater I would buy an AO Smith. In fact the oldest water heater I've ever seen (35 years old and still kicking) was an AO... I also agree strongly with Larry - Have your plumber put a second anode rod in it before he installs it. Make sure he pipes it with shut off valves on both sides and unions so it will be easy to disconnect and maintain. Change the anode rod every 4-5 years and keep it going for a long long time... - By the way, Larry's not flashing his credentials here - http://www.waterheaterrescue.com/TheTank.html - Not sure I agree with the buy any old yugo and put good tires on it philosophy but the maintenance factor is right on...

    Good Luck
    Kyle Kubs
    Benchmark Home Inspection Services
    North NJ
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  • GeorgeGeorge Posts: 580Member
    Send me an e-mail with

    your mailing address and I will forward to you literature on cleaning and treating hydronic systems.

    I am assuming that you see these systems in your home inspections also.

    Thanks

    George
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