40 Gallon Natural Gas Water Heater - N40S91-403
Basic storage tank low tech but effective
This was my first gas water heater install. I had a very positive experience and took the opportunity to correct some configuration deficiencies by the builder. I purchased the unit along with new fittings from our local big box store. The heater weighed in at 132 lbs. I was able to get the tank onto a flat bed and into the back of our station wagon by myself. The heater was securely packed and once home my son and I were able to move the tank int the basement. The box has cut outs for handles which makes lifting a bit easier. The install took three hours from start to finish. I took my time and since I made changes to the plumbing configuration spent time cutting the copper line and prepping the joints. A simple swap could be done by a pro in far less time, maybe an hour. The unit fired without any issues and we had hot water within an hour. One good feature is the peizoelectric starter, no match, just push the pilot and activate the starter. I am curious though to know if the heat traps on the heater and the nipples are really needed. I have a suspicion my water flow might be restricted. I'll have to compare my flow rate with a neighbor. All in all this Whirlpool purchase and installation has proven to be a great learning experience while providing a cost effective product. Finally fo r anyone else attempting this I would urge you to request that the big box store allow you to bring your used heater to them for disposal. I was able to do this was happy to be finished.
December 7, 2013
updated features from older model
installation was straight forward. It fired right up. Runs fairly quiet. It's only been a few weeks since my son and I installed it and there have been no real issues with the heater. Had a slight water seepage in the cold water supply where it threads in, but that seems to be gone now. Nice to have hot water again!
November 26, 2013
Great water heater
Whirlpool has excellent products for the home.
I have installed these in neighbor's home before. They are a great appliance and hopefully will last a long time.
November 24, 2013
Like All of the Features
We like all of the features that have been incorporated into this product. It is nice to have panel that will tell us when something goes wrong and we don't have to worry about flushing the heater out. To early to know if our energy bill will go down but we can hope.
November 18, 2013
Love the temperature control system
Once the unit was installed it was easy to start the gas to burn. It was also easy to adjust the water temperature.
November 13, 2013
Very happy with the design; It looks sturdy. It was easy to install, and I like the flashing LED which lets me know that the heating flame is working properly. The water heaters color (white abd grey) is clean looking and matched my washer and dryer. I feel confident that we will have 9 years of service free use. Thank you. Teddy
November 6, 2013
hope this heater works well
The pilot system and heat settings are really nice, Installation was straight forward and the same as any other tank type water heater. Only time will tell how well it holds up and if there are any problems during routine maintenance.
November 4, 2013
So far So good
Just installed the heater yesterday. Overall the install was easy with good instructions The only thing that bothers me about the water heater is the drain valve is plastic but I have noticed many of the other manufactures are going that way also. Water heaters in general are getting very expensive for what you get. Not just Whirlpool. If any changes I will change my review.
November 3, 2013
Features electric gas valve with LED indicator for unit performance/malfunctions. Utilizes filter which must be periodically inspected/cleaned.
Easy to start, like the feature of an LED indicator to indicate unit is working properly and/or identify unit faults warrantying corrective action. Do not like the use of a filter mounted at the base to filter out combustion air and the stated requirement to check every 3 months for possible cleaning. This filter must be trimmed/fitted at initial installation and requires physical/visual access around the unit at floor level to install/remove for cleaning. Maintenance of this filter appears to be a burdensome requirement. Would have considered alternative water heaters if I was aware that it utilized a filter requiring a quarterly periodic inspection/cleaning to ensure trouble free operation!!!
November 2, 2013
Easy installation. DIY
This product is well designed and easy to install. Can be easily installed with a few basic tools.
October 27, 2013