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Thread: Water Heater: What Material?

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    Default Water Heater: What Material?

    I am replacing the worn out water heater on my boat with a new one. I heat water with the engine and electricity.

    The replacements have either a stainless steel exterior or one of galvanized metal. The latter is cheaper.

    Is it worth it to pay for the stainless?
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    Default Re: Water Heater: What Material?

    Stainless is prettier. Does the cheap external suggest inferior internal componentry? I'd imagine the cost differential of a stainless exterior compared to galv would be negligible, and the real,savings have been achieved elsewhere. But that's just a WAG. The Chinese use stainless like it's going out of fashion. So I'd be checking out the detail if possible before deciding on price.

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    Default Re: Water Heater: What Material?

    Although galvanized aluminum water heaters cost a lot less than stainless lined water heaters, they can actually cost a lot more in the long run because the only cure when the galvanizing starts to wear off the inside of the tank is a new water heater.
    Last edited by JonWalter; 08-14-2018 at 11:55 AM.

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