Recommendation for reliable electric water heater

Discussion in 'Water Heater Forum, Tanks' started by goshenplumber, May 3, 2013.

  1. goshenplumber

    goshenplumber New Member

    Mar 4, 2007
    Time to replace my 14 year old electric water heater. I am looking for brand recommendations. In my area (Morgantown, WV), the following brands are available from local suppliers:
    AO Smith, Emax, Noritz, GE, Whirlpool, American Water Heater, Rheem, Bradford White

    My #1 priority is reliability.

    Which brand would you recommend and why?
  2. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

    Sep 2, 2004
    Retired Systems engineer for defense industry.
    New England
    As opposed to gas, electric WH do not have a lot to differentiate them between brands.
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  4. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Aug 31, 2004
    Cave Creek, Arizona
    Basically, all electric water heaters use the same components, so the only difference is in the manufacture of the tank itself, and its longevity is subject to a lot of variables, NONE of which apply to the manufacturer. So, essentially, you can go with price as to which one you want.
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