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Robb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-25-03 03:20 PM
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Get a good warrantee...
...And speaking as a plumber's son (and grandson), insulate the heck out of that sucker, and unless you have small children keep it just barely backed off of "hot as can be" for your best efficiency.

What else... keep the room it's in draft-free; I've seen a lot of houses where the hot water heater room has a door to the outside, and when the wind picks up it'll blow out the pilot. Not a big deal in newer self-relighting models, but it's a big surprise on the older ones to just wake up one morning without hot water.

Which leads me to: spend as much as you can afford on the hot water heater. Very little sucks as badly as not having hot water, which, if you're in the market for one, you may already know! :)
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  -I need a new hot water heater, tell me anything. Timefortruth  Oct-25-03 03:04 PM   #0 
  - Bradford White. Can't go wrong. I got mine installed for $450  radwriter0555   Oct-25-03 03:18 PM   #1 
  - Get a good warrantee...  Robb   Oct-25-03 03:20 PM   # 
  - Replacing It Yourself?  Don_G   Oct-25-03 03:20 PM   #2 
  - Furnace filter?  eyeontheprize   Oct-25-03 04:00 PM   #4 
  - Just A Reminder  Don_G   Oct-26-03 08:28 PM   #31 
  - Do instructions come with the new tank?  Timefortruth   Oct-25-03 04:14 PM   #9 
  - Hire an expert  Lefty48197   Oct-25-03 03:26 PM   #3 
  - get a tankless model  ret5hd   Oct-25-03 04:05 PM   #5 
  - How many people live with you?  eyeontheprize   Oct-25-03 04:10 PM   #8 
  - just me and wife...  ret5hd   Oct-25-03 04:32 PM   #11 
  - A hundred amps?  jmowreader   Oct-26-03 07:45 PM   #26 
  - sorry...dupe posting  ret5hd   Oct-25-03 04:05 PM   #6 
  - hot water heater  ProudGerman   Oct-25-03 04:06 PM   #7 
  - The current tank is leaking, how long can it last with a steady dripn/t?  Timefortruth   Oct-25-03 04:16 PM   #10 
  - Where's it leaking from?  Xithras   Oct-26-03 04:20 PM   #21 
     - Yikes!  Timefortruth   Oct-26-03 06:20 PM   #23 
        - I had the same problem last week  dmr   Oct-26-03 08:32 PM   #32 
  - You don't need to heat hot water!  NightTrain   Oct-25-03 04:35 PM   #12 
  - Ok, I give up.  Timefortruth   Oct-25-03 05:00 PM   #13 
  - Yes you do!  jmowreader   Oct-26-03 07:47 PM   #27 
  - Try a tankless model  alwynsw   Oct-25-03 05:32 PM   #14 
  - I had one in the UK bloody great mate  hussar   Oct-26-03 02:43 PM   #18 
  - BINGO! I used a Junker model in Poland.  JanMichael   Oct-26-03 03:08 PM   #19 
  - Do They Require LP or Natural Gas Only? I can't imagine that...  arwalden   Oct-26-03 05:47 PM   #22 
  - so why do they call them hot water heaters?  OneBlueSky   Oct-26-03 08:52 AM   #15 
  - Duh, now I get it!  Timefortruth   Oct-26-03 01:55 PM   #16 
     - Nothing strange about that at all  jmowreader   Oct-26-03 07:54 PM   #28 
  - Go solar!  midnight armadillo   Oct-26-03 02:36 PM   #17 
  - Oh gosh, I have been through that  RebelOne   Oct-26-03 03:44 PM   #20 
  - buy an A.O. Smith brand  matman00   Oct-26-03 07:16 PM   #24 
  - What is it not doing that it is supposed to do?  salmonhorse   Oct-26-03 07:30 PM   #25 
  - Consider a solar one  populistmom   Oct-26-03 08:09 PM   #29 
  - You don't need a "hot water heater"  DemoTex   Oct-26-03 08:14 PM   #30 
 

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