Water heater capacity upgrade

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice, Tips & ' started by export, May 27, 2008.

  1. export

    export New Member

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    I am just wondering what the experts here think about going from a 40 gallon to a 50 gallon. Is it worth the extra $45 for 10 gallons and will I notice a difference? And I suppose my showers could be on the long side since my wife complains she doesn't have hot water after I am done.
  2. dwpecksr

    dwpecksr New Member

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    Is it worth the extra $45 for 10 gallons?
    You are the one using it so it's your call. To keep the wife happy I think it would be a well spent $45.00. :):)
  3. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    You can normally get about 70% of the water in the tank before it starts to cool off noticeably, so that's about 7 more gallons, or about 3-minutes.

    Another important consideration is the recovery rate 0 often listed as first hour available volume. Some WH can recover and provide a lot more hot water than others, regardless of their size based on how much heat they can generate.
  4. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    Gas or electric?
  5. export

    export New Member

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    It is natural gas.
  6. MACPLUMB 777

    MACPLUMB 777 TROJAN WORLDWIDE SALES RP

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    Yes Go With The 50 Gal. It's Worth The Extra Money ! ! :d

    Sorry To Burst Your Bubble But G/e Water Heaters Are Made By Rheem :d
  7. export

    export New Member

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    Yeah I know they are Rheem. I was just upset with my 20 year old Rheem because I only got 6 years out of it since that is when I moved in. :p If the new one lasts 20 years I will be very happy. Hell if it lasts 10 without problems I will be extremly happy.
  8. Gary Swart

    Gary Swart In the Trades

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    You must take really long and really hot showers. I have a 40 gallon Rheem and there is never a shortage of hot water even doing laundry and showering at the same time. Now, there are just two of us in the house, no kids, so that might be a consideration. I wonder if the old heater maybe just wasn't as efficient as the newer ones? At any rate, go with the larger size and don't look back. Having more capacity than you really need is sure better than not having enough, and the relatively small price difference will soon be forgotten.
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