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    The “best water heater” is a subjective thing. In addition there is not as much of a selection as you would think. State makes Reliance, Maytag, Sears among others. Rheem makes Ruud, GE, Richmond, etc. The only difference among brands is the tank and insulation. They all buy their elements, and thermostats from the same suppliers. The self cleaning feature does not work too well with the current flow restricting faucet, since it requires a rapid flow to perform its function. And when it does work, it sweeps the sediment into the hot water pipe where it can plug up your faucets. Heaters with an extended warranty are the same units that have a 5 or 6 year warranty, you just paying an additional fee for an insurance policy. So you don’t always get what you pay for if you shop smart.

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