I need to replace my 50gal Sta-Kleen electric tank multi-decade old water heater.
If the unit is easy to replace and I can do it myself (basically just parts costs) and knowing the quality of today's units and the hit-or-miss nature of getting a "lemon"...is it a better strategy to:
1) buy a low-cost 6-year warranty unit at a big box store, or,
2) search/buy for a "best"-rated 9-, 10-, 12-year warranty unit at a supply house?
Please also name the brand you would buy in either case.
Unfortunately, I live in WA state, and apparently some new code/law went into effect recently about "demand response" and some units aren't allowed to be shipped to WA because they aren't compliant. But I'll worry about that after I gather y'alls' opinions about the strategy.