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As of this morning, I need a new 50 gallon storage tank style conventional gas fired hot water heater (to match existing).
What brands do folks prefer? Any specific features to look for, such as glass-lined tank, type of electrode, pilot system, first hour recovery rating and energy star compliance? How about the extended warranty - are they worth it?
One last question: What is the typical minimum clearance to combustible material, such as a adjacent wood framed wall?
My goal is to hire a professional plumber (not the local big box...) for installation. I'd like to know what to ask for in advance, especially if given several choices.
I'll be living with my family of four in this house for several more years.