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Conventional vent hot water heater options

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Conventional vent hot water heater options

just moved and even tho my Enercare rental is only $9 a month, I'm going to replace the almost 20 year old 40 gallon direct vent unit with a 50 gallon direct vent replacement. The current unit runs out of hot water half way through filling a bath tub.

I replaced the unit at my last home with a whirlpool through lowes, but from what I've heard whirlpool is garbage, so unless I hear otherwise I think im going to stay away.

My options are :
Rheem through home depot (reviews are lackluster)
Giant through rona
Gsw through home hardware

Thoughts/opinions? Would you guys recommend getting it installed through these stores or go with a 3rd party?

Thanks!
Last edited by discoblues on May 17th, 2018 10:05 am, edited 1 time in total.
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I think you mean natural vent, right? Most rentals are natural or power vented.

Direct vent doesn't use interior air and is less common and looks like this. I'm actually looking for a direct vent unit myself.
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engineered wrote:
May 17th, 2018 10:50 pm
I think you mean natural vent, right? Most rentals are natural or power vented.
Your totally right. In looking for a conventional heater as mine exhausts up to a chimney. That being said what is best between rheem, giant, and gsw?
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For what it's worth...I used to work at GSW/we used to make the Whirlpool ones as well.

Rheem - made in Mexico poor quality
Giant - made in Quebec (I have this in my house currently)
GSW/Whirlpool - USA made by AO Smith
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I've installed all 3 brands for customers, and all do the trick. If I had to narrow it down for you I would go with the Giant or GSW. They have usually been good with replacement parts.

Curious why you are choosing to stay conventional and not upgrade to a power vent?
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monz13 wrote:
May 19th, 2018 9:53 pm
I've installed all 3 brands for customers, and all do the trick. If I had to narrow it down for you I would go with the Giant or GSW. They have usually been good with replacement parts.

Curious why you are choosing to stay conventional and not upgrade to a power vent?
I replaced mine as well and stayed with conventional vent. Primarily because there was problems with ventor motor failures at the time and regular power outages in my area. The ventor motor failures seemed to be as a result or connected to the power outages.
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