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Thread: Recommendation for reliable electric water heater

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    DIY Junior Member goshenplumber's Avatar
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    Default Recommendation for reliable electric water heater

    Time to replace my 14 year old electric water heater. I am looking for brand recommendations. In my area (Morgantown, WV), the following brands are available from local suppliers:
    AO Smith, Emax, Noritz, GE, Whirlpool, American Water Heater, Rheem, Bradford White

    My #1 priority is reliability.

    Which brand would you recommend and why?

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    Retired Defense Industry Engineer jadnashua's Avatar
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    As opposed to gas, electric WH do not have a lot to differentiate them between brands.
    Jim DeBruycker
    Important note - I'm not a pro
    Retired Defense Industry Engineer; Schluter 2.5-day Workshop Completed 2013, 2014

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    Moderator & Master Plumber hj's Avatar
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    Cave Creek, Arizona


    Basically, all electric water heaters use the same components, so the only difference is in the manufacture of the tank itself, and its longevity is subject to a lot of variables, NONE of which apply to the manufacturer. So, essentially, you can go with price as to which one you want.
    Licensed residential and commercial plumber

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