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Reliance Water Heater? #5230595 10/04/19 08:53 PM
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Anyone have any experience with them? They are made by A.O. Smith which seems to be a big water heater manufacturer. They are sold by Walmart, which I get a nice discount from. Link

Its a gift to my Mom since her water heater (GE by Rheem) doesn't get very hot anymore. I love taking very hot showers, and it has gone hill this last year. It was made in 1995 so its probably time to let it go. My room is also in the basement at her house so I would like to preserve it by not getting it flooded with this one finally goes. Also it's cheap rent.

My stepfather won't change it out since he likes to procrastinate on things like this. He won't fix or replace unless its done, or my mom says its time LOL.


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I guess you've already purchased it, so my recommendation doesn't matter.
However, if you are running an electric water heater, this is the only one that I can recommend. I can pick these up for less than $1K, probably more than you wish to spend.
https://www.rheem.com/innovations/innovation_residential/marathon/

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I bought a 40 gallon gas fired from Ace hardware around 6 years or more ago when they were $299. Still going no issues. Installed it myself. It was the 6 year warranty model if I remember right. Might be more like 10 years old I can't remember.


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Re: Reliance Water Heater? [Re: Kruse] #5230609 10/04/19 09:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Kruse
I guess you've already purchased it, so my recommendation doesn't matter.
However, if you are running an electric water heater, this is the only one that I can recommend. I can pick these up for less than $1K, probably more than you wish to spend.
https://www.rheem.com/innovations/innovation_residential/marathon/

I have purchased it but I'll refuse delivery if I learn they are junk.
Those are very nice, those tanks are going to be the future. Unfortunately I don't have $1200 to give as a gift water heater to my mom/step dad.


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Re: Reliance Water Heater? [Re: FordBroncoVWJeta] #5230637 10/04/19 09:38 PM
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seems ok but full electric can be very costly.

Could get a hybrid model and have free basement A/C and dehumidifier.(there are some requirements though)

also usually consumes 1/4 to 1/3 the energy.

My first gen rheem uses about 1/3 the electricity in eco mode as a regular electric, newer ones are even better.

natural Gas is usually the best choice if available and feasible.



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Re: Reliance Water Heater? [Re: sprite1741] #5230643 10/04/19 09:42 PM
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Originally Posted by sprite1741
I bought a 40 gallon gas fired from Ace hardware around 6 years or more ago when they were $299. Still going no issues. Installed it myself. It was the 6 year warranty model if I remember right. Might be more like 10 years old I can't remember.


It might not be too late to change the anode rod. My gas water heaters go anywhere from 5-10 years. I've got a couple where I changed anode rods that are going on 10+ years.

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If its electric have you checked that both elements are working when needed?

Change the anode, drain the water heater to remove any sediment.

New or old, a water alarm is a good idea.

The quality of the water heater is basically long its guaranteed for which comes from how well the tank is made and lined.


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Re: Reliance Water Heater? [Re: FordBroncoVWJeta] #5230731 10/04/19 11:31 PM
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Not sure who made them back in 1991, but we just replaced our 1991 Reliance 30 gallon gas with a 40 gallon Rheem Premium Performance gas. Loving it so far.


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Re: Reliance Water Heater? [Re: FordBroncoVWJeta] #5230763 10/05/19 02:08 AM
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have had a reliance electric water heater for 12 years now , had a 6 year warranty ,if memory serves cost me a little under 300...at 10 years one element went out so I changed everything , both elements and thermostats all is well , may just get a few more years out of it

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It will be better than what is there, They sell a pan with a drain you can set the tank in to prevent a flood. AO Smith is an old name Today?


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The mentality going on I don’t think offering a more cost effective water heater matters. The likely case is the current heater has an element out and likely is using too much electricity at the moment so this will improve the situation.

Excellent choice, I presume living at home is temporary.

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^^^ Agree, install the new Reliance water heater and your good to go for at least another decade and more.


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What is the going price to install a gas hot water heater? I think in my area it's $1,200-$1,500 with some at $2,000, that includes the hot water heater.


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Originally Posted by JLawrence08648
What is the going price to install a gas hot water heater? I think in my area it's $1,200-$1,500 with some at $2,000, that includes the hot water heater.

Water heaters are easy to replace. So should be $0 to install it. Those prices are robbery.


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Originally Posted by JLawrence08648
What is the going price to install a gas hot water heater? I think in my area it's $1,200-$1,500 with some at $2,000, that includes the hot water heater.


Depends on who you use. If you use sharkbite fittings, they can be in the $100 range. The key is to make sure you get the same height water heater so you don't have to adjust the height of the flue or the pipes, you just cut them and slide in the new one. I usually get them done in the $100-$200 range, but yeah, if you go to Home Depot, they can quote you over $1000 to have one installed but I believe that includes the water heater and permits. The real work is just getting the new tank in and the old one out and draining the old tank. The actual swap itself doesn't take much time.

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