standard electric water heater

Discussion in 'Water Heater Forum, Tanks' started by netmouse, Oct 7, 2013.

  1. netmouse

    netmouse Member

    Aug 7, 2012
    Given I live alone and have very low hot water usage, Dana recommends I get a well insulated standard electric tank over gas, given that standby loss is more important than cost of the source.

    Does any of the following make any real difference?

    - 9 year warranty with 2 ½ inch foam insulation and 1 anode rod. Or 12 year warranty with 3 inch foam insulation and 2 anode rods.

    - Anode rod aluminum versus magnesium.

    - Overheat protection in GE literature, not in the other brand's lit (Kenmore).

    I can’t tell if Kenmore (A.O. Smith or State I heard) is a good deal or not. But GE (Rheme) at Home Depot seems no better in internet reviews. Brands like Bradford White are not available to the public.

    I'm favoring Sears on its 9-year tank that offers a full 9 year warranty - parts, labor, replacement install if needed, but then I see a plastic valve at the photo bottom, not brass, so wonder if it is cheaply made.
  2. DonL

    DonL Jack of all trades Master of one

    Mar 30, 2011
    Rocket Scientist
    Houston, TX
    They are ALL made cheap now a days.

    They all have Overheat protection.

    The sears would be just fine.

    There is not all that much to go wrong, but service after the sale is a plus, and sears has the techs and parts to fix it.

    Good Luck.
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  4. Gary Swart

    Gary Swart In the Trades

    Sep 1, 2004
    Yakima WA
    The drain valve is often replaced, and it's easy to do. I favor a 3/4" ball valve with hose adapter.
  5. netmouse

    netmouse Member

    Aug 7, 2012
    Thank you! Just what I needed to hear. And the Kenmore just went on a Columbus Day holiday sale.
  6. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

    Sep 2, 2004
    Retired Systems engineer for defense industry.
    New England
    The bigger differences between brands is in fired WH, not electric. More insulation is good. The choice of anode material is somewhat dependent on your water chemistry. In some water chemistry situations, the anode can react and create some funky water smells. If that happens (any plumber in your area would know), you'd swap it for a different type.
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