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Old 08-14-2008, 06:03 PM
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Water Heaters??

Anyone know about water heater brands??



Anyone know anything about Bradford White?



Are they like Hondas or Cadillacs in the water heater world?
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Old 08-14-2008, 06:32 PM
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Which type? Instant tankless or conventional. I checked via my consumer reports and they only had generic info. Beyond that, a Google search indicated they have various types.
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Old 08-14-2008, 06:47 PM
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Conventional type, 50 gallons... I will get a model # in a few mins.
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Old 08-14-2008, 08:48 PM
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They are just a mid-line heater.........probably last 6-10 years depending on water quality..........but, I'll bet they are cheap ($300 or so).
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Old 08-14-2008, 09:21 PM
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Bradford White is mid-range, and also a good heater. Up on the food chain is Ruud, and then Lochinvar. How much you want to pay depends on how long you plan to be in that particular house. 8-10 yrs is average for the BW, but it is not uncommon for them to last much longer. A lot depends on your water,is it hard water,a well system etc... Whichever one you choose,make sure you purge it 2 times a year to release the sediment,by doing this you will add more years to the tank.
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look into marathon heaters
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Old 08-15-2008, 06:56 PM
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Why don't you get an instantaneous water heater? Believe me, nat gas is not going to get any cheaper.
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Old 08-15-2008, 06:58 PM
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Cost of retrofit, and the fact that its covered by my home warranty....
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All I will say is I am sooo happy I junked the tank heater and put in a 199,000 BTU Rheem Instant gas.
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This guy has a good site:

http://www.waterheaterrescue.com/

And he has a forum there called "the tank". If you post a question he will answer it. Lots of good info. You can extend the life greatly by flushing and regular inspection of the anode rod (and replacement when needed). It is actually a little tricky but you can get the thing to last a long time if you want to. He sells a replacement drain valve kit but you can get a ball valve from Home Depot. The little valve they put on at the factory is a toy basically and doesn't drain very well.

I bought a GE from Home Depot and I think it was actually made by Rheem but I could be wrong. It has the anode rod as a seperate piece and that's what I wanted. I think the Bradford has the anode rod as part of the dip tube so it is a lot harder to inspect. But 99% of people don't ever check. (probably 99.9%).
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Old 08-15-2008, 11:52 PM
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Cost of retrofit, and the fact that its covered by my home warranty....
The cost of retrofit is almost none.
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Old 08-16-2008, 01:16 AM
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The cost of retrofit is almost none.
If I want to install the tankless, I have to move the water heater across the garage to a wall that has nothing on the outside of it....


My old tank is leaking a little bit right now, so I am weighing my options..
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I have at least 15 of them in my building. In seven years of use I think maybe we have had one that required replacment.

They weren't too expensive.

I would have said Chebby on quality.

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Old 08-16-2008, 08:34 AM
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If I want to install the tankless, I have to move the water heater across the garage to a wall that has nothing on the outside of it....


My old tank is leaking a little bit right now, so I am weighing my options..
The little leak is impending disaster,the time to make a move is soon. Tanks usually let go at the most inoportune time, say middle of the nite, or when you are absent.
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Old 08-16-2008, 12:15 PM
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I have at least 15 of them in my building. In seven years of use I think maybe we have had one that required replacment.

They weren't too expensive.

I would have said Chebby on quality.

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