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selecting an electric water heater

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Hello all. i am in need of a little help on the best water heater to buy for the money.

right now, i have an A.O. Smith water heater.
50gallon, 53-1/2" in height

i realize AO Smith is one of the top water heater brands but at this current time, i cannot afford to replace our old water heater with the same brand.

i am looking at Home Depot and see a couple in the 50 gallon range and they are being classified as 50 gallon tall and 50 gallon.

the 50 gallon tall is about 4 inches higher than what i have now and the 50 gallon regular is about 6" shorter than what i have now.

what route should i go? s the warranty time that critical? they come in 6/9/12 year.

any advice?

thank you in advance
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I had a Rheem that lasted me 14 years without any issues. I replaced it with American Standard, which is what the plumber happened to use. I'm not sure if you can get American Standard retail. If your planning on having a plumber install the heater, it may be worth it to see what it would cost to have the plumber supply their own heater.

Apparently there are only a handful of companies that make water heaters, and many of the different brands you see in the stores are all the same brand.

Sears has their Kenmore brand. I don't know what company makes them, but Sears always seems to choose good manufacturers for their Kenmore brand name.
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