To compare the various hot water heaters usually gives me a sense of déjà vu. They all look the same! How can anyone tell the difference between these similarly ecru-hued cylinders? Fortunately, installing them has given me a closer look, an insider’s view, you could say, and I would be happy to share my perspective.
Some people like to take risks on occasion, if it’s worth it. This article compares 10-year and 6-year warranty hot water heaters to give you a better idea of what you’re buying into, so that you can make a better-informed decision the next time you face the dreaded wall of hot water heater clones.
What’s at stake? Surely, the warranty itself does not matter as much as the durability of the tank. The bottom line is this: we place value on the longer warranty, not because we think the heater will break within the time period; we value that 10-year package because it is a mark of confidence - the manufacturer would not offer the 10-year warranty if it expected the hot water heater to break in 9.
What’s the difference? 10-year warranties have an extra anode – a sacrificial rod made of magnesium or aluminum that allows the electrolysis in the water to eat them up instead of the water heater tank. So when the anode rod is used up the tank will start to deteriorate. There is almost nothing a water heater company can do about this, so in order to extend the life of the heater, they need to use an extra anode, so that one will take longer for them to deteriorate
So, that extra anode does, in fact, double the life of the water heater. In this case, the old adage is true: you get what you pay for, Just Like George Salet Plumbing were we offer full parts and labor warranties on our standard and premier 6 and 10 year water heaters