Gas Water Heater Ratings part 3, A Repairman Reviews The Brands...

Gas water heater ratings part 3 continues our expert and unbiased reviews with a look at the Dux, Elco, Eskabe, Giant, GSW, Heat Wave, Heizer, HTP, and Joannes brands.



This brand is a part of GWA INTERNATIONAL LTD and is available in Australia. The PRODIGY units are gas fired and are available in two sizes but use basic tank technology. When compared with other brands, their warranty is not very good.


The THISION WH uses a THISON L condensing modulating boiler with a stainless steel storage tank. The guarantee on the units is not very good when compared to other brands.


These units are made and sold in Argentina. They offer three sizes of gas fired water heaters that feature atmospheric combustion which is the most inefficient. The warranty on the units is not as good as many other brands.


These units are made and sold in Canada. They offer a variety of models including atmospheric, power vent, and direct vent units for flexibility in installation. The brand is backed by a good guarantee.


This brand is owned by AO SMITH and is sold in Canada. The FLAMEGUARD gas model has a piezo ignitor for the pilot. The ENVIROSENSE models are high efficiency condensing water heaters with electronic controls but they use basic glass lined tanks.

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These water heaters are made and sold in Mexico by MACON INDUSTRIES. They are basic standing pilot units with glass lined tanks and their guarantee is not very good.


This brand is made in Italy. The GAN series features basic wall hung gas water heaters while the GAFF series units use sealed combustion. All of the models use basic glass-lined tank technology and their warranties are not very good.


This brand is from HEAT TRANSFER PRODUCTS. The PHOENIX LIGHT DUTY is a condensing gas-fired water heater with an AFUE of up to 96%. It has a stainless steel tank and electronic control as well as a modulating burner for energy savings. It is available in three tank sizes (55, 80, and 119 gallons). It has a side hot water outlet and bottom cold water inlet. It is a high capacity unit that is suitable for large homes or where whirlpool tubs are used and is backed by a very good guarantee.


This brand is sold in Italy and is a part of FINTERM. The SAL series is available in three sizes and features units with atmospheric combustion while the SAL S series offers five sizes of the more efficient sealed combustion water heaters. Their website is not much help and does not have a stated guarantee for the units.

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