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    Default Gas versus Electric WH?

    I have very hard water and see that there are "plastic" WH's with lifetime warranties.
    But they are electric.
    I have a gas heater and wonder if it's worth the switch.
    Thoughts?

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    I guess that would depend on what you pay for gas and electricity. Gas is generally faster to recover allowing you to get away with a smaller size.

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    There are also NG WH with stainless steel tanks...for example http://www.wayfair.com/Rheem-Fury-40...Fcnc4AodbD-m6Q

    In most places, NG is a lot less expensive to heat with than electric, but not all.

    It's a stainless steel burner, not the tank.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jadnashua View Post
    There are also NG WH with stainless steel tanks...for example http://www.wayfair.com/Rheem-Fury-40...Fcnc4AodbD-m6Q

    In most places, NG is a lot less expensive to heat with than electric, but not all.
    That tank is not stainless steel. If it was I'd buy all you could send me.

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    That's what you get for skimming the specs...the part that is SS is the burner assembly, not the tank...sorry. I'm pretty sure I did see someone that did make a SS tank in a gas WH, though. You can get them with Indirects, but that's not what you're looking for.
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    Very hard water doesn't make them rot out any faster so I fail to see the logic of paying a premium for plastic or SS. They will fill with limescale just as fast as the cheap ones. Efficiency on electric is somewhat less affected by scale than gas at least until the lower element is completely buried. Consider them disposible and plan to change them out before they leak and before their efficiency tanks.

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