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    My water heater is on its last legs and today I called the plumber I usually use to get a price to replace it. They install Lochinvar water heaters. I have never heard of that brand. He quoted me a price for a 50 gallon, 6 year, propane water heater. Now I'm torn between letting him install Lochinvar or finding a plumber that I've never used before that installs Bradford White water heaters. Bradford White was really what I wanted. Is it worth the effort to change plumbers for this job or is Lochinvar a good water heater? Thanks for your help!

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    Lochinvars have been around a long time, used quite a bit locally in commercial work. I'm not a service plumber (or even a plumber) so I'll let others chime in on whether or not it's worth it over a BW. FWIW Bradford Whites aren't as prevelant in this area as they are in other areas, most residential seem to be Ruud, State and A.O. Smiths..........(that I've seen).
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    I have got great news for you ! !

    All tank type lochinvar water heaters are made by bradford white co.
    They just come with a lochinvar label on them !

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    Quote Originally Posted by MACPLUMB 777 View Post
    I have got great news for you ! !

    All tank type lochinvar water heaters are made by bradford white co.
    They just come with a lochinvar label on them !
    Didn't know that, thanks Mac. The only time I've seen BW's has been in the big box store.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MACPLUMB 777 View Post
    I have got great news for you ! !

    All tank type lochinvar water heaters are made by bradford white co.
    They just come with a lochinvar label on them !


    Thanks for the information. Is it identical to the Bradford White or is it a lower grade water heater that they make for Lochinvar?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FloridaOrange View Post
    Didn't know that, thanks Mac. The only time I've seen BW's has been in the big box store.
    What?
    Never seen them there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redwood View Post
    What?
    Never seen them there!
    I........think.....I saw them there. Dang it, now I'm gonna have to really look to make sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by feltdog View Post
    Thanks for the information. Is it identical to the Bradford White or is it a lower grade water heater that they make for Lochinvar?
    I have used Lochinvar, but I get the feeling that they are a slightly lower grade than the bradford white...

    they are ok, but I prefer the bradford

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    Exclamation Lochinvar Water Heaters

    The lochinvar is exactly the same as bradford i know because i used to
    do the warranty service work on both of them,

    that is why i have a ph.d in water heaterolgy ! !

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    MacPlumb 777 is 100% right. Here is the deal with Lochinvar and Bradford White..

    Bradford White makes the residential water heaters for themselves and Lochinvar.

    Lochinvar makes the commercial units (the big boilers) for themselves and Bradford White.

    I found this out ... hmm about 10+ years ago when I had to track down a burner tray for a Lochinvar heat exchanger/boiler system.

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    Talking Lochinvr

    for some odd reason I have had a higher inceidnce
    of bad Lochinvar heaters over the Brad whites...

    I have only put in maybe 30 lochinvars, but seemed to have
    a good number of them go bad in warranty on me...

    I just prefer the brad whites....

    it has a prettier box it comes in.


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    It is all about the box.
    I just post cuz I like to see my avatar.

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    quote; The only time I've seen BW's has been in the big box store.

    If that is true, then BW will have to change its "Made by professionals for professionals" slogan, and also the one that says, "Sold only through/by plumbers". But then Kohler and American Standard also had to do it years ago, when they decided to go the DTY route.

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    my sister has a Lochinvar never a problem. I didnt know they were BW?
    Just to ring in here. I never seen a BW in a box store,but I did see them at AMAZON and of all places Eba-y . I called and reported them to BW. They were more surprised a home owner alerted them instead of a plumber. I respect them for trying to protect the plumbers jobs. Thanks all you Plumbers! Thank you very much for taking care of us all these yrs!
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    My lochinvar water heaters got some kind of problem, or i think it does...
    It keeps saying a buzzing sounds, louder that usually. :-S

    Anyone??


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