Bradford White Water Heaters:
* We recommend Bradford White water heaters.
* We feel they are better than the competitors' brands.
* Generally, these are made stronger, with thicker walls, & brass drain valves (not plastic).
* We see less leaks, less recalls, & less warranty issues with the Bradford White.
Pricing: Assuming your shut-off valve, supply lines, gas line, & water pan are less than 10 years old;
...and everything is up to code...
40-gallon electric - $850 40-gallon gas - $1000
50-gallon electric - $950 50-gallon gas - $1100
75-gallon gas - $2500
* standard 6-year warranty on Tank, upgradeable to a 10-year warranty
* 5-year warranty on all Labor - the highest in the business!
* I use real soldered copper, none of that push-on amateur stuff (Az water tends to corrode the plastic that is in push fittings)
* I provide disposal of the old unit (a $100 value)
* Difficult Location - tight closet, upstairs, inside, backyard... price to be determined...
* Add 4-years of warranty to any heater: $230
* Aluminum drain pan: $50 (includes re-connection to the drain line)
* Lead-free brass shut-off valve: $50 each
* Stainless-steel corrugated water supply lines (best quality, high flow): $100/pair
* Expansion Tanks: typically about $150-200 depending on the size required
* Recirculating Pump kit & install: typically about $550 (includes timer & comfort valve)
* Extra comfort valve for the recirc pump kits (for 2nd floor or split system applicatiosn) $200
* Sediment trap for the gas line: $50
* Pvc drain line for the water pan: typically $200 depending on difficulty & length of run
* 1200-lb galvanized steel platform: $200
Marathon Water Heaters:
* non-metallic (can't rust!)
* made with 2 layers of strong polymer with 3" of foam insulation inbetween
* these used to have a lifetime warranty, now 10-year but I still feel these are impossible to break. I would expect them to still last a lifetime. It was probably a corporate financial decision to reduce the warranties, not a quality-control issue. (the decision came down from corporate after Covid in 2019)
Note: as of 5-14-23 pricing and availability are
difficult to pin down. Some models are
discontinued, some are available but
extremely expensive (greater than $3000).
no gas so tankless wasn't an option; installed 75-gallon Marathon with a Recirc pump, now they have lots of hot water on demand!
Bradford White 50-gal gas