This info is my honest opinion only...
I Call it as I see it go down every day.
10 years ago, water heaters were re-designed to be made fire resistant with FVIR TECHNOLOGY
Prices have soared, and there are many brands that are still 100% junk.
It's wise to buy something that RARELY NEEDS REPAIRS , is EASY TO FIND PARTS FOR and EASY TO SERVICE .
Even after 10 years, many brands have "unique -- hard to find -- special order"
"absolute pain in the neck" repair parts.
Here is info on all the popular brands made today..
RHEEM A++ safe, long lasting, very reliable system...
simple + easy to service.
forth floor install including water alarm, pump and pan no floor drain available
Richmond and GE rate a C
GE--Home Depots warranty service can turn into an expensive ....time consuming .... nightmare.
Bradford White A+ it has a trouble free "common sense design"
They are all lower quality D+
The LINT FILTER needs constant cleaning.
VERY POOR FVIR DESIGN Honeywell icon gas valve
read the SEARS complaints in the link below
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american water heaters
IMHO ..Whirlpool is the worst piece of junk ever made , on average they break down in under 2 years, please save yourself time, money, and frustration... cut your losses and run.....
Attempt repairs AT YOUR OWN RISK!!! Do-it-your-selfers have broken internal gas lines on this brand so fires - explosions and floods can happen.
class action lawsuit in California.
your warranty is void if you don't clean the
"lint screen" every 3 months!
I am now giving warning to all others about the poor customer service from American Water Heater.
They quickly told me that the warranty is non-transferable to the new home owner (me). In addition, she said even if I were the original purchaser of the 2 year old water heater, the warranty would be voided, as I didn't clean the lint screen every 3 months.
Look at the junk on this 2 year old Whirlpool unit..10-22-05 .