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What Is The Difference Between A Regular Water Heater And A Manufactured Home Water Heater?

I have asked several plumbers, suppliers and the manufacturers and they cannot tell me the difference other than it is what the sticker says for safety concerns. A regular water heater cost $100.00 less than a manufactured home water heater and I tell you is 100% identical. I have seen inside both units, so I need someone who really knows to answer.

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  1. Comment by wwwstat
    August 16, 2009 @ 10:49 am

    do you know the difference in cost is only because one says it is for a manufactured home as there is not any physical differences in water heaters other than some have water inlet outlerts on top some have them on the side…i am going to tell you at the wholesale level they cost exactly the same…the only real difference is the stickers that have more warnings on the ones for manufactured homes…

  2. Comment by thinkbig
    August 16, 2009 @ 5:29 pm

    type in waterless waterheaters, u should learn something from it. in web search

  3. Comment by blondie
    August 16, 2009 @ 10:57 pm

    Regular waters feed from the top. Manufactured home water heaters feed from the bottom. Insulation is also a factor. Insurance companies look at this, so don’t cheat.

  4. Comment by saaanen
    August 17, 2009 @ 5:45 am

    IN A NUT SHELL If it will fit use it. Some older mobile homes had 115v heaters with an on and off switch. If your’s is an old one but is 230. volts you might have to go with a wiring upgrade and a larger breaker. It might have had anywhere from a 9,000 to 15,000 watt elements. The smallest you will find now is a 38,000watt.in 230 volts.
    Sorry about using the term mobile home. At least I didn’t call it a trailer.

  5. Comment by mountain
    August 17, 2009 @ 12:24 pm

    liability costs and some manufacturers use more insulation as manufactured homes sometimes require a zero clearance policy.

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