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Old 04-24-2013, 01:46 PM   #1
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AO Smith or Bradford White? ....I've been planning on the BW, as I've been told they are the best out there over the last few years and have never heard anything bad, but a contractor friend says he can get me the AOS for just under $300, where the BW will run me about $360 for the 50gal unit. Natural Gas is what I'm looking for.

I'm also not sure which size to go with, BW's website seems to recommend the 40 and 50, along with a 25gal unit.

Needs are 4 person family....myself, wife and two daughters 4&7. Currently 2 full bath's with 3rd under construction. Tubs aren't huge whirlpool units, but they are the old 5' Cast Iron Clawfoots, which seem to hold more water than standard tub.

Current Lowes Whirlpool 6-7y/o 40 gal heater doesn't keep up very well, unless there is a 15-30 min pause between showers. I can only see this getting worse as my daughters get older!!!

I'm sure someone will recommend tankless, though I'm not convinced, especially from efficiency standpoint, yes they may save money, but if it takes 10+ years then I don't see it, since that seems to be life of the tank anyway. I am open to the idea though...

Thanks for any help.

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I'm also curious if I can tie this into my furnace duct, I am sure someone once said yes, if the water heater is not force air vent.

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I'm on my second Bradford White in 20 years. The first one lasted 15. Great water heaters. The only thing I dislike is the anode rode is the outlet tube. In order to change the anode, it's necessary to disconnect the hot side piping.

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Audi or BMW?
Bosch or Metabo?
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Both makes get good reviews, I'd shop price. Get a 50 gal.
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Over the years Ive installed both with good results. forget about the books recommendation on sizing, you'll need to do personal calculations, length of shower per person at times. gallons per minute consumption vs recovery rate.
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For some reason I would prefer a "dumb" water heater (no electronics, no blower exhaust).

The dumb heater (if gas) keeps working during a power failure.

The dumb heater has fewer things that can go wrong with it.

When the heater leaks you don't end up throwing away all the expensive smarts also.
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while aosmith is a good heater...the nearest supplier to me is about 1hr...so we have been using bradford white for some 25-30yrs ..excellent heater with little to no trouble for as many as we install.... last yr 47 heaters installed 4-leaked while in warranty....ben sr
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What I'm looking at for the Bradford White is the M-I-5036FBN. From what I can tell it should meet our needs. It is about $60-70 more than my friend said he could get the AOSmith for, but I can't seem to figure out which AOSmith I'd be getting. I'm guessing there is only one or two that are carried due to what the demand is....my concern is it would be the more economy unit, which doesn't measure up, but the ProMax seems to be about the same.

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No experience with Bradford White but I got an AO Smith Effex 50 gal medium high efficiency (still uses type b vent but has electronic controls and a small combustion blower) about a year and a half ago. Got it online from PEX Supply and installed myself. I understand how some folks like the dumb heaters but I just can't handle the wide temp variations I got with my old one. This one has digital electronic controls and does a MUCH better job. Plus, I have a generator if the power goes out. So far the electronics have been bullet proof.
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I installed a Sears Power Vent 50 Gallon, which is made by AO Smith. AO Smith has been making water heaters forever. Like the others say six of one half a dozen of the other. My heater does not require removal of the water supply to change the anode, and from every pro Ive talked to, its the anode that makes the difference in Tank Type HWH longevity. Buy the 6 year warranted tank and put in a magnesium anode. Poof! You now have a 12 or 15 year warranted tank. Change the rod in 8 years and Poof! you get another 12 years. 40 bucks for the rod, 200-300 more for the extended warranty tank. Pick your poison.

My tank completely recovers in 44 minutes with well water at 55 degrees coming in. This is really going to matter when your daughters hit the teenage years, which will be much sooner than you can even begin to imagine.

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