Gas Water Heater Suggestion?

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by jasonmcl, Feb 17, 2005.

  1. jasonmcl

    jasonmcl New Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    I have three bathrooms, three kids and a huge tub that the wife uses daily. The 50 gallon 5 year old 40K BTU State water heater is completely exhausted after filling the tube. My thoughts are a 40 or 50 in series or purchase a 65 or 75 quick recovery. What are your suggestions on size and brand?

  2. Gary Swart

    Gary Swart In the Trades

    Sep 1, 2004
    Yakima WA
    Have you checked the "Products and Services" link on the opening of this site? Terry has some good comparisons of various water heater brands and sizes as well as links to manufacturers. That said, here's what I, as a DIYer would do. I'd make sure the new heater had ample capacity, I usually tend to supersize things a bit to allow of the unforseen. Then, since I have a Power Vent via ABS pipe with no reasonable or practical way to vent through the roof, I'd make sure the vent would be compatiable with what I have. I would select a model with a long tank warranty, even though in my area tanks tend to outlast the warranty by several years. That's just more of my supersizing. I prefer an electronic ignition rather than a pilot light. I'm not "hung-up" on brands, I think most of the name brands are pretty good, but I have had a very good experience with my Rheem that I got at Lowe's.
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