What to look for when buying a gas hot water tank?
December 2, 2010 11:32 AM Subscribe
What to look for in buying a new gas hot water heater?
posted by stormpooper to Home & Garden (13 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Our current hot water heater is a Bradford White that came with the house (note house built in 1985!!). While the hot water heater works, any professional I called said they were shocked it's still working. The reason why I think we need a new one is the water tastes like metal. There is no color change or sedement spouting out of it but it just tastes like metal when say your'e in the shower and rinse out your mouth. I also noticed that my hair significantly changed as soon as we moved into this house.
Anyway, I think we should get a new one (DH disagrees; if it's working why bother)? The choices are to go with our HVAC guy whose only choice is another Bradford White or look at Sears and figure out what to get in an energy efficient 40gallon gas.
I'm not looking for a tankless one so I don't want to go there. Just something simple, efficient, and maybe some features like you don't have to drain it or has some sort of lining. But I just don't know what to look for.
Should I just got with a Bradford White--whatever they got at the HVAC (it's all they sell) or look at Sears baffled and figure out what features? And what features DO you look at? I saw some articles on a BW and they said it sucks. But to me why would it suck if they only sell to HVAC people?