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I have a 40 gallon electric hot water heater for 24 years , since my house was built. I live in Florida. It was a rheem. Finally had to replace it with a new one a few weeks ago. purchased another rheem 40 gallon electric water heater and I am very well satisfied. Also new ones are more efficent and save on electric. My best friend who lives a few houses away from me has hers almost 27 years and it is also a rheem. Neither of us ever had a problem except me but considering it was perfect for 24 years is pretty darn good. Hope this information helps you.

Answered 6 years ago by eexotic1011


“Good” means different things to different people. To me, “good” in a hot water heater means it meets several criteria and pretty much in this order:

1- energy efficient
2- hot water when I want it
3- hot water in the quantity I want
4- easy maintenance
5- cost that I’m comfortable with
6- longevity

Your question doesn’t specify but I’m guessing you are replacing an existing electric hot water heater, and don’t have natural gas readily available (otherwise I’d recommend you switch unless your generating your own solar power). So, I’d recommend you judge each of the criteria I’ve listed for your own priority. Here’s how I did it:

Efficiency and longevity (#1 and #6) actually go hand-in-hand. If you get a heater with a 9- or 12-year warranty, it will have better components and much more insulation, yielding more efficiency and longer life. The “when” and “quantity” concerns dictate the size of the heater based on it recovery rate, that is, how much water does the heater heat to the desired temperature in one hour. Figure out how much hot water you need at a given peak time like mornings when everyone gets up, and pick a heater that matches.

Maintenance usually includes periodic draining of the tank to get bottom sediment flushed out, and the frequency is determined by your water hardness usually, and possibly particle matter. For an electric heater, maintenance could also include replacing burned out heating elements over time, and/or thermostats. You’ll want to install the heater so you can get to these locations easily. The last maintenance item is sacrificial anode replacement if yours sacrifices quickly.

All that said, almost any major brand with a 9- or 12-year warranty of the size and specifications you determine should satisfactorily meet your needs well. I think you’ll find that most heaters that meet your needs will all be priced fairly close to each other almost eliminating the cost and brand choice as a criterion. If you want to do more brand evaluation, check out the consumer rating publications online or at your library, or even YouTube rants!

Good luck!

Answered 6 years ago by SalisburySam

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