Best tank type water heater

Discussion in 'Water Heater Forum, Tanks' started by dx, Nov 10, 2019.

  1. dx

    dx General Contractor

    Jul 4, 2005
    General Contractor
    I'm doing some research in preparation for replacing my own 30-yr old AO Smith power vent, which is still working fine.
    Looking for best performance/ quality/efficiency/longevity, etc. Does anyone have links to any articles, research, personal experience, etc? Mostly interested in gas heaters but may consider gas-assisted heat pumps and similar that don't involve resistance heating. Any info greatly appreciated.
  2. phog

    phog Active Member

    Jul 29, 2017
    Rochester NY
    If you ask 5 different plumbers this question, you'll get 5 different answers. There are certain lines of tanks from certain manufacturers that are known duds, however that unfortunately doesn't typically become apparent until a few years in. To take your AO Smith as an example, some of their Home Depot sold tanks have gained a bad reputation, while others from supply houses seem to be quite good. In other words it's a crapshoot. Anecdotally, Rheem and Bradford White seem to have a lot of supporters. But can you take that as a guarantee of money well spent..? Probably not.
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  4. dj2

    dj2 In the Trades

    Aug 13, 2013
    You are lucky to have a WH lasting 30 yrs.
    Whatever you buy as a replacement will not last that long.
    So what do you buy? I would get a 6 yr WH, most will last more and some will last less. Manufacturers are not quick to honor warranties, and labor costs are never included.
    What brand? every brand you see out there is made by one of the three major manufacturers: AO Smith, Rheem-Ruud and Bradford White.
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