Best tank type water heater

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

  1. dx

    dx General Contractor

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    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

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    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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