I have about a 12 year old AO Smith water Heater. Temperature seems to be fading this is the second one in the home since built on 1997 first on lasted about two years. I have checked for setitment none,( this improved after installing a Kinecto water softener a few years ago) the anode is gone down to a coat hanger size wire. I have to set the themostat on high to maintain and real volume.
I want to replace this unit on my time rather than wait for a complete failure. Looking at the GE 12 year from HD and the Bradford White defender 50. I need a low Nox for So Calif. Both look good should I consider the Rheem? it has a lower Btu burner? Open to suggestions. Want an energy effiencent unit. Also did the rebates get renewed for 2013? cant find any info