Hey All -- I've spent a couple weeks now searching around your site. There's a *wealth* of knowledge here. Thanks much!
I'm in VT. I have a 1-bathroom home, dishwasher, laundry. My wife and I plan to have ~2 kids and we often have guests. If we don't stay here long-term, we plan to rent it out. I'm shooting for 4-person accommodations.
- Size: 40-50 gal. Lasting hotwater for kid's baths, multiple/guest showers, etc
- Efficiency: don't mind paying up front if it makes sense; prefer .90+
- Cost: staying < $ installed, if possible
- Longevity: 12yr warranty
- Noise: quiet! DV preferred
My current water heater is on it's way out (so says my inspector). It's 40gal and vents through the chimney. It's 12ft from the outside wall. I just had a 96% condensing furnace installed, with an electric sump that drains into my sewer pipe in the basement. A brand new outlet is right next to the furnace/sump/WH, so a PV could be *easily* added. I have a chimney, but would really like to go Direct Vent for quiet. The furnace vents out the side wall.
I've looked at mostly Rheem and A.O. Smith. I find the Vertex series (GDHE-50) to be a bit overpriced and probably overkill, but could be convinced otherwise. It seems to be priced mostly on it's "hype." Asking local vendors/contractors, everyone seems to be biased to their own, of course.
I'm a big DIY guy, not afraid to try things out, and have a few contractor friends. I wouldn't mind doing the install, but plumbing/gas makes me a little nervous due to the risk if I it up lol
Any suggestions on models?
Any other advice?
Thanks again, in advance. This forum is awesome.