Gas Tank Heater Options?

Discussion in 'Water Heater Forum, Tanks' started by beckkl, Jul 21, 2010.

  1. beckkl

    beckkl New Member

    Mar 30, 2010
    I was wondering if there were any gas tank water heaters out there folks consider a good mix of price/performance. I'm currently building a 2.5 bath home, with a 55 gallon whirlpool tub. 4-5 people. Gas is cheap where I live ($1.00/therm), and I was looking at the .7EF Effex models from AO smith. I was wondering if anyone had similar models that they would recommend.

    Edit: It looks like the price difference between the .62 Models and .70 models is too great. The ROI, from what I can tell is over 20 years. I can get a Bradford White .62 model for over $400 less. That's a lot of years before the .70 AOS would be worth it. I'm just gonna pull the trigger and be done with it.
    Last edited: Jul 21, 2010
  2. Gary Swart

    Gary Swart In the Trades

    Sep 1, 2004
    Yakima WA
    The water heater brands most often recommended are Bradford White and GE/Rheem. Bradford White is supposed to sold only to plumbers, but I get the impression that some supply houses don't follow that rule too closely. AO Smith is not a preferred heater. Most of all avoid the Whirlpool.
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