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  • Jeff Jeff @ 2:30 PM
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    A.O Smith Water heater

    I was told by my plumbing supplier that A. O. Smith makes a fine hot water heater...GAS.... They also said I will most likely get more than the 6 years out of it that it is warranteed for? Any opinions as I will be purchasing this weekend....My STATE heater is past its prime. Was installed in 91 and is giving up its ghost!
  • michael michael @ 2:51 PM
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    A.O. Smith

    I believe A.O. Smith only sells to contractors, so if you're a homeowner, you won't be able to find it in stores. -Michael
  • Robert O'Connor Robert O'Connor @ 5:24 PM
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    Jeff..

    Be sure to get a permit first. Robert O'Connor/NJ
  • jim lockard jim lockard @ 10:11 PM
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    jeff

    pipe the T&P relief valve to the floor
  • Jeff Jeff @ 8:02 AM
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    why the T& P....

    to the floor? I know that is how mine is now....
  • Larry Weingarten Larry Weingarten @ 9:33 PM
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    Brand doesn't really matter much

    Each make has their advantages, but simply getting a well insulated 5 or 6 year tank and making sure you put two full length magnesium anodes in it will give you a very long lived tank. If you check those anodes every five years or so you can expect to keep the tank going quite a few decades, so long as nothing else like pressure or overhead leaks intervene. Brand matters only in how the name is backed up. If the service is better or more reliable from one distributor than others, the choice is clear. Yours, Larry
  • Scott Scott @ 6:04 AM
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    A.O. Smith is good.

    So is Bradford White, so is Ruud, so is State, so is American MorFlo, so is ..... I agree with Larry. Scott To Learn More About This Professional, Click Here to Visit Their Ad in "Find A Professional"
  • Geo Geo @ 7:18 AM
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    water heaters

    You don't sell the steak... you sell the sizzle, but I would put morflo in the quarter pounder arena.Glad there gone.
  • Scott Scott @ 7:24 AM
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    Geo

    The point is they are a commoditie. They are all pretty much the same. I don't see any sizzle ... There all quarter pounders. Scott To Learn More About This Professional, Click Here to Visit Their Ad in "Find A Professional"
  • George George @ 12:28 PM
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    Send me an e-mail with

    your mailing address and I will forward to you literature on cleaning and treating hydronic systems. I am assuming that you see these systems in your home inspections also. Thanks George
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    Jeff, As a Home Inspector I see a lot of water heaters in a year. I have to date them and pay attention to their condition at whatever age they may be... I typically see A O Smith's long past their life expectancy... If I had a conventional water heater I would buy an AO Smith. In fact the oldest water heater I've ever seen (35 years old and still kicking) was an AO... I also agree strongly with Larry - Have your plumber put a second anode rod in it before he installs it. Make sure he pipes it with shut off valves on both sides and unions so it will be easy to disconnect and maintain. Change the anode rod every 4-5 years and keep it going for a long long time... - By the way, Larry's not flashing his credentials here - http://www.waterheaterrescue.com/TheTank.html - Not sure I agree with the buy any old yugo and put good tires on it philosophy but the maintenance factor is right on... Good Luck Kyle Kubs Benchmark Home Inspection Services North NJ
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    Jeff, As a Home Inspector I see a lot of water heaters in a year. I have to date them and pay attention to their condition at whatever age they may be... I typically see A O Smith's long past their life expectancy... If I had a conventional water heater I would buy an AO Smith. In fact the oldest water heater I've ever seen (35 years old and still kicking) was an AO... I also agree strongly with Larry - Have your plumber put a second anode rod in it before he installs it. Make sure he pipes it with shut off valves on both sides and unions so it will be easy to disconnect and maintain. Change the anode rod every 4-5 years and keep it going for a long long time... - By the way, Larry's not flashing his credentials here - http://www.waterheaterrescue.com/TheTank.html - Not sure I agree with the buy any old yugo and put good tires on it philosophy but the maintenance factor is right on...
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