Need the very best in 80 gallon water heaters

Discussion in 'Water Heater Forum, Tanks' started by MOVIE GUY, Jan 17, 2010.

  1. MOVIE GUY

    MOVIE GUY New Member

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    I need to put two new 80 gallon water heaters in my house soon. So my question is what would be the very best brand being made nowdays?

    Thanks for your help..............
  2. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    80 gallons means it is probably electric. The best heater is one that lasts a long time, but there is no way to tell WHICH one that is until after you install it and wait to see how long it lasts. Your best option is to go with the cheapest one you can find. Price has little to do with longevity.
  3. Thatguy

    Thatguy Homeowner

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    Just curious why you say that. I'd think gas could recover faster without needing a heavier elec. service.

    Yes, almost zero correlation between price and quality.
  4. Cass

    Cass Plumber

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    Personally I replace just as many 80 / 75 gal. gas heaters as electric...but what hj said about longevity is the way it is with electric heaters.....
  5. Thatguy

    Thatguy Homeowner

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    Here's a summary of my 35 samples on NG WHs replacement ages
    17.11 =sample avg in years
    35 =number of samples

    Do you have any replacements ages for elec. WHs?

    Even just 5 samples would be helpful. For some reason I can't get them off the Internet. I know it's supposed to be longer than NG WH lifetimes.
    :confused:
  6. MOVIE GUY

    MOVIE GUY New Member

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    Sorry I should have said I am needing two Gas Water Heaters................
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