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Old 08-05-2008, 07:20 PM   #1
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Is a 40 Gallon water heater electric enough for a 1 bath house (2 people).


Hi guys. I was wondering if a 40 Gallon Electric waterheater is enough for 2 people in a 1 bathroom house. I planned on getting a 50 Gallon but HD has a 40 Gallon (5500W) w/ 12 year warranty on closeout for $261. It used to be $349. They also have a 6 year warranty 50 Gallon (4500W) that I like and it is $269. Will the 40 Gallon work since it has a better warranty or do I need the extra 10 gallons? Thanks.

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It's totally up to you. The only difference is the amount of time the hot water is going to last. If you take quick showers that aren't back to back it's fine. If you take baths, long showers, then go do laundry the bigger one is going to fit your lifestyle better.

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I don't have the correct answer, but from past experience with three kids & wife, we had minor problems with a 30 gallon. We switched to a 50 &
never had any problems like, running out of hot water, flushing toilet while
in the shower. You can adjust the heat on the heater itself. You can also
adjust your toilet to about 3/4 gallon to save on water. Last bit, I found
cold water washes clothes just as good as hot.
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please don't buy from HD.
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never had any problems like, running out of hot water, flushing toilet while
in the shower. You can adjust the heat on the heater itself. You can also
adjust your toilet to about 3/4 gallon to save on water. Last bit, I found
cold water washes clothes just as good as hot.
Flushing the toilet while in the shower has aboslutly nothing to do with your water heater size. Nor does adjusting your toilet. You are also risking getting clogs by reducing the amount of water it flushes.
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Why not buy from HD?
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You will really only get about 8 more gallons of hot water with the 50 due to the tempering effect of the incoming cold water. (You lose about 15-20% depending on temps) Since the 40 has 5500 watt elements and the 50 only 4500 watt, the 40 will recover a little faster so the difference will probably be even less than 8 gallons. Since the 40 has double the warranty (which means it has an extra anode rod) it might be a better choice in your circumstance.

Whichever one you choose, save your receipt and register your purchase if possible. Usually the components such as the thermostats will be warrantied for several years also.

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