How to Buy a Gas Water Heater With the Best Warranty

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Your gas water heater is a very important major appliance in your home. The job of the water heater is to heat up the water that you and your family use for common tasks such as washing your face, taking a shower or filling a cooking pot with water. Without your gas water heater, all of the water that comes from your fixtures would be freezing cold. If your water heater breaks, you want to make sure you can get it repaired or replaced as soon as possible. You can accomplish this by choosing a water heater with the best warranty.

  • Get the cost differences upfront. Most companies will offer a variety of warranties for different gas water heater models. Find out which warranties are offered for which models before you make any decisions.

  • Pay more. Better-performing models of gas water heaters tend to come with longer-duration, more expensive warranties, according to Consumer Reports. This is no time for penny-pinching, and you’ll likely only be paying an extra $50 to $100.

  • Opt for the 12-year warranty if one is offered. Gas water heaters commonly come with six-, nine- or 12-year warranties. Consumer Reports found that if you upgrade to the 12-year warranty, you also upgrade to a better-insulated and more durable water heater.

  • Find out what type of water you have. If you have hard water, then you should get the longest warranty you can find for your gas water heater. Hard water needs water softeners, which increase corrosion in a water heater.

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