Need help deciding between 3 gas water heater models

Discussion in 'Water Heater Forum, Tanks' started by fegordon, Aug 4, 2013.

  1. fegordon

    fegordon New Member

    Aug 4, 2013
    Cupertino, CA
    I keep seeing such mixed reviews on everything. I need a 50 gal, ultra low box gas water heater. The 3 options I've found are:

    Rheem 22VR50FN available with a 10-yr warranty
    Bradford White U45036FRN -394 with a 6 year warranty
    GE SG50T12TXK00 with 12 year warranty

    I know the GE is made by Rheem. Seems like the best bet because of the warranty but I've seen reviews saying don't buy from Home Depot. What would you recommend?

    Thank you!!!
  2. joemcl

    joemcl In the Trades

    Mar 2, 2013
    licensed journeyman plumber
    You can buy a Rheem 22V50PROFN. Which has an eight year warranty. Add a 4 year warranty upgrade kit (SP20079) which is an extra anode rod that gets put in place of the hot water supply nipple, and some paper work to be sent back to Rheem. This will give you a 12 year warranty, as well as extra protection in your tank. Also, I do not buy anything from the big box stores.
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  4. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

    Aug 17, 2004
    Bothell, Washington

    GE water heater that was replaced five years and two months after manufacture date.
    That's three in the last six months for me that didn't last six years.
  5. dj2

    dj2 Active Member

    Aug 13, 2013
    3 in the 6 months - just a bad streak.
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