Most plumbers like selling product that doesn't bite them later.
If you have to keep going back, all you've done is bought yourself trouble.
We hate call backs.
Bradford White and Rheem have been good.
Some brands like Whirlpool have been grief.
As far as the price difference, I haven't priced that model, but all of the rebate tanks are costing us more.
One cost that homeowners don't know about is:
The time to pick up the water heater from the supplier.
Sometimes, it takes two plumbers to install. It can sometimes be done with one, but that also means you are taking a risk with your back.
Medical bills and loss of work can be costly to the plumber.
When the job is done, you wind up with a bulky, rusting tank in your van.
You need to dispose of it, and that means a trip to the metal recycle next.
That takes time, time that could be used for the next customer in line.
It would be nice if the water heater was waiting at the home, and they you could leave the old rusting one there.
Yeah, that would be sweet!
One of my customers suggested I fill up my back yard with rusting water heaters.
Yeah, my neighbors would love that.