50 Gallon Natural Gas Water Heater - ND50T122-403
High Tech Water Heater
This was a emergency replacement of another brand that began pouring out water days after the warranty expired. The rebate was too good to pass up, puts the final cost at the price of the cheapest model. As a homeowner, I have installed several gas models over the years, never have I seen so many electric features on a gas model. Make sure you have a outlet close by. This is a heavy item, so make sure you have at least one strong person to help on the initial placement. Also, get the optional 'heat trap nipples' for the water connections, a few extra dollars for maximum efficiency. The installation went smoothly, I soldered threaded nipples onto the copper pipe coming from the wall and upgraded to braided stainless flex hose and a brass ball valve for shut-off. I used the original copper line for the T&P valve, just cut and soldered unions where necessary. I also installed the optional bottom tray pan to prevent water damage, probably a code requirement now. Ca. also requires quake straps, make sure you measure where to place these and make sure they are not obstructing anything. I did use the included foam pipe wrap and also purchased a roll of 1" x 30' hook & loop to bind the foam securely, looks very professional. the power cord was also attached to the wall with wire brackets. The electric flue damper should help save energy. The unit was plug and play after the gas connection, no pilot to light, just turn on and after configuring its self it fired up and heated the water fairly quickly. The Gas control has a 'status light' that will display normal and error codes. The recovery rate seemed rapid also. Operation was quiet, with only the burners at full throttle being audible. This unit also has a Fuel Vapor Sensor which is a great safety device. I am impressed so far with this product, has a lot of modern features, looks great in my garage and I would recommend to others.
March 5, 2014
Energy Star with install surprises
Bought from Lowe's and they price matched the Home Depot GE similar. Lowe's review were all very good. I replaced State Select non-energy star 6 yr old heaters with these 12-yr Energy Stars to get the gas company $200 per unit rebate. Energy Star units have a damper thing on top that makes the vent pipe need to move up about 4 inches. This means the roof collar around the pipe will need to be re-positioned. I had a tall steep roof and needed a roofer to come out and adjust ($125 to the roofer). Also, these require a 110v electric outlet near the heater for the electric pilot. The Vacation setting will be nice when I leave on long trips. The units are fatter but they fit in the existing pan just fine.
February 27, 2014
Installs easily, works fine, runs out of HW too soon
Installation was as "easy" as any plumbing experience can be. Worked as expected except that it seems to run short of hot water before it should... for example, can't fill the bath tub full, water turns luke-warm at 1/2 tub level even with water temperature turned to full "hot". Disappointing for a 50 gal unit.
February 19, 2014
This product has great features
Great design, high tech, excellent warranty, easy to install
February 18, 2014
Made in USA
Excellent product, Works Great, Made iv USA! Saves energy which is what I wanted.
February 18, 2014
UPGRADED TO A 50 GAL AND THIS PRODUCT DELIVERS, ALWAYS HAVE AMBLE HOT WATER EVEN IF SOMEONE IS IN THE SHOWER. IS ABLE TO HANDLE A LARGE FAMILY USAGE WITH EASE
February 16, 2014
NICE WATER HEATER
GREAT FEATURIES AND EASY TO USE.
DIFFERENT CHOISES FOR WATER TEMP
February 8, 2014
Quality Product, Easy to Install
Product was very simple to hook up. No installation issues. Filled the tank, turned on and the heater lit right up and has been working with no issues. The unit is very quiet compared to my old unit.
Excellent price, and great value!
February 8, 2014
Great product for the money!!
This hot water heater is very easy to install and doesn't take long to fill once installed. It looks very stylish and helped to lower my gas bill. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking at saving money and ease of use. Thank you Whirlpool for making this available to the public.
February 7, 2014
Very pleased with this short notice necessary purchase.
We are new to this product but we are off to a great start with the apparent quality of the product. Not sure of this fact but it appears to have been made in America where the best products come from.
January 31, 2014