This is ALL ...... 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 low quality D+
The LINT FILTER needs constant cleaning.
VERY POOR FVIR DESIGN Honeywell icon gas valve
read the SEARS complaints in the link below
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 .