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larrywww

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They are extremely pricey, you pay over $500 and what do you get?

I used to use the Rheem (carried by Home Depot).   At the time, I thought it was impressive that they had an 800 number for when things go wrong and would dispatch technicians.  Later on I figured out that these technicians were just kids with a very small toolbag.  And they only provided this service because their water heaters were so routinely defective---I had 3 in a row that were bad.  .

So This time I went with Bradford White (from HD Supply).  We just installed it---and Yes, ANOTHER DUD!

I should have listened to Ward Hannigan and went tankless.  Also, I hear there might be a rebate from the gas utility.  And it creates an unholy mess when one of those gas heaters fails in the attic and spills water everywhere.  Although the tankless water heaters are extremely pricey, even if they are very efficient.

However, this property wasn't a long term hold, so it's kind of a tough proposition to spend that much money on a property you aren't even keeping---and no one will penalize you if you do NOT have a tankless water heater.

Anyone had similar experiences?


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Larry, Every time I needed a water heater, I called these guys. They were really well priced, hauled away the old one and a licensed plumber installed the new one. I didn't know they deal in other appliances. I forget their warranty.

When I bought my house in North Carolina, I noticed the water heater was electric despite having natural gas. I don't remember the reason given by the home inspector, but for some reason, most homes here have electric water heaters. Maybe it's because electric is so cheap. Thanks Duke Energy.

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Larry,

I've had bad experience with water heaters in the recent years. It seems like they go out a few months to after a year of purchase. Thank god my dad knows how to fix them. It's always that copper coil that they sell for $12.99 at Home Depot. Get it replaced and it'll work again. Take about 30-45 min to get it replaced. It's just a pain in the rear when you get that phone call from your tenant especially on a weekend night or the afternoon before a holiday.

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Mihn--CA---------------

I suppose when you say "that copper coil" you mean the thermacoupler, the sensor that detects that the pilot light is burning and thus allows the main gas valve to open to supply gas to the burner.

I have found that to usually be fix for me on bad water heaters also.  The other ones were rusted out tanks with the  water pouring out.

Good Investing and Good Investigating  

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Mihn--CA---------------

I suppose when you say "that copper coil" you mean the thermacoupler, the sensor that detects that the pilot light is burning and thus allows the main gas valve to open to supply gas to the burner.

I have found that to usually be fix for me on bad water heaters also.  The other ones were rusted out tanks with the  water pouring out.

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Ron,

I have seen it in person but have no clue what it is. The terminology you used sounds about right. It's the sensor for the pilot light.

Thanks.

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