50 Gallon Liquid Propane Gas Water Heater - L50T61-403
features are good
this unit is real noisy,so be careful were you put it..............price not to good
November 30, 2013
I like the new type of control valve and the convenient lighting system.It's a very big plus
Everything came as expected. Lowe’s delivered Both Hot water heaters in perfect shape. The delivery men were pleasant, courteous, and efficient. They took both water heaters to the basement and opened both boxes so I could inspect each heater. When they left they took the leftover mess with them. I had no clean up.
A professional plumber installed them as the first installer didn’t install the previous 2 heaters correctly. Example, he installed the expansion tank on the hot water side instead of the cold side. Be careful about this as the rubber bladder can’t take the hot water.
It took a couple of hours for this pro-plumber to re-plumb the original mistakes. For those of you that don’t need two water heaters the extra plumbing and parts plus a recirculating pump to keep hot water at each fixture is a pretty big job. It would have been easier for this last plumber if he hadn’t have had to take apart and rebuilt the whole system.
Upon the first light of each heater, they both started the first try. Both heaters were put in the “B” mode. Both heaters have worked perfectly since. However it’s been only about a week.
Someone else mentioned on one of these reviews that this particular heater was rather noisy compared to his previous heaters. I noticed the same thing. At this short time observing, this is my only negative. However, I also observed as other reviews had, that they mentioned a higher efficiency compared to their old hot water heaters.
I believe the extra noise is caused by extra combustion air due to the altitude, and the resulting efficiency is a result of more efficient burning of the propane. I can’t know about the actual costs yet as my 1000 gallon propane tank won’t be filled for another 3 months. I might add I live at almost 9,000 feet. This particular propane 50 gal hot water heater was one of a very few that were rated to 10,000 feet. Let me add a guess with you. It seems like the heating time is less on these heaters than my old heaters.
You’ll notice following this review items like
Lowered my energy bill
Raised my energy bill
I obviously haven’t had these heaters long enough to find out. However up to today, and I’m 75, I’ve never seen any hot water heater give bad results after the initial setup.
November 26, 2013
This water heater was ok to install till it came to the recessed water fittings on top.
Its been an ok heater, but there is an odor of propane when I get home from work. But I have no detectable leaks.
November 21, 2013
Made in the USA
The product was as described on carton and manual..Easy to install even though we had to replace old flex hoses...
September 3, 2013
Size & ease of operation
The 50 gallon size was a plus to not run out of hot water.Liked the easy lighting .,Not having to lite a pilot.So far so good-----Later.Toe Joe
July 29, 2013
Good water heater (LP 50 gallon)
We have extremely hard water (on a well, don't like water softeners) and need it very hot to clean supplies for our home dairy. Our first water heater from Whirlpool lasted 9 years when it was acting up. It would not heat water, then produce such hot water that it was scalding hot even when mixed with cold water. This new water heater has easily visible controls and is easier to light, but apparently requires a battery for the flashy light - can't tell yet if that is an advantage or not. Installation was routine, something a handy husband can manage without too many swear words. Would recommend to a friend, especially since on demand heaters are still too expensive and unreliable.
July 6, 2013
pleased so far with product, have always had good luck with whirlpool products and hope that is true with the water heater
June 26, 2013
Whirlpool has great hot water heaters
Whirlpool is the only hot water heaters we were interested in and they are made in the U.S.A.!!!!!!!! Great reputation too!
June 21, 2013
Easy to install. Works very well. Fits in space nicely.
June 20, 2013
Just installed hoping for the best
Instalation was not difficult, it was very close to the size of the one I replaced so I only had to shim the stand about a 1/2 inch and all the pipes fit perfwctly. Easy to light and quiet when heating. Hope it last as long as my last water heater (22 years)
January 29, 2013