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need a new hot water heater

peteboy Member Posts: 18
Thanks to Irene, my gas fired hot water heater is shot, I am looking to replace my 50 gallon GE hot water heater. I t lasted me about 10 yrs and so I feel I got my monies worth. Can anyone give me a suggestion of a good reliable 50 gallon gas unit, I am looking for a 12 yr warranty. The last one was purchased at the "Big Orange store" I did install it myself and will also install this one. Any suggestions would be appreciated. thanks



  • Alan (California Radiant) Forbes
    Water Heaters

    Most all water heaters are assembled in Mexico these days.  I heard that State was still made here.

    My suppliers stock Bradford-White and A.O.Smith; both are good and we've had no problems with them over the years.  Push comes to shove and I'd go with the A.O.Smith, mostly because I reminisce about the days when you could pick up a water heater for $150.  Bradford-White I associate with all the troubles we had with Combi-Cor.

    I tell my customers to get the standard, 5-yr. warranty models mostly because the water is so good in the Bay Area that they last  15 years.
    8.33 lbs./gal. x 60 min./hr. x 20°ΔT = 10,000 BTU's/hour

    Two btu per sq ft for degree difference for a slab
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 16,889

    has one of the most efficient tank-type heaters on the market- the M4 series. It's the only one I know of that's EnergyStar rated. This is our standard tank-type heater.

    A.O. Smith/State/whoever else private-labels their heaters have had a lot of trouble with their FVIR designs. I would assume they have it pretty much worked out by now, but still........
    All Steamed Up, Inc.
    Towson, MD, USA
    Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
    Oil & Gas Burner Service
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