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State Censible Water Heater

Updated: Jun 4, 2016

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Overview of the Censible

The State Censible is a discontinued water heater which was available in gas-fired and electric models, as well as a power vent unit. It was available in 40-, 50- and 75-gallon capacities and was discontinued in the late 1990's.

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Consumer Reviews of the State Censible

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#1  of 2 State Water Heaters
4 of 5 stars 6 reviews

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Date created: 2016-06-04 Name: James Bussey
Location: Fort Washington, GA

Satisfaction Rating:

5 of 5 stars Very Satisfied

"31 years and still going"
This State electric water heater came with my new home 31 years ago. I've only replaced the heating element once. No other problems whatsoever. As a matter of fact, I've never maintenance drained it as suggested by water heater manufacturers. Simply amazing.

Date created: 2015-11-12 Location: Rochester, NY

Satisfaction Rating:

4 of 5 stars Somewhat Satisfied

"My water heater: Reliable but not perfect"
My hot water heater is about 15 years old. The water heater has never required any repairs and has operated well for 15 years, which I do appreciate. At the time I bought it, the manufacturer had promoted it as energy efficient, and it might have been for the time. However, I think our standards of energy efficiency have changed over time, and I do worry that the water heater is costing me a lot of extra money as it is so old. The whole idea of having to heat water even when you are not using it seems wasteful to me. The only other issue I have with the water heater is that it is somewhat inconsistent. Sometimes my water is pleasingly hot and at other times it is more or less tepid. I think it has to do with where the heater's thermostat is and the heating cycle. I would wish for more consistency in water temperature. If I had to replace this water heater, I believe I would look into one of those on demand hot water heaters. If that did not prove reasonable then I would look for the features of energy efficiency, reliability, and consistent water temperature.

Date created: 2015-08-14 Name: John Swearingen
Location: Winnsboro, SC

Satisfaction Rating:

5 of 5 stars Very Satisfied

"State worked for me"
Just had my first hint of trouble from my State water heater today, 8/14/2015. It is a Censible model-40 gallon natural gas water heater installed 5/15/1995. The pilot light went out last night. Cannot get it to relight, but after 20 years and no problems I think I got my moneys worth. Am thinking of replacing it with a State tankless. State water heaters seem to be built to last.

Date created: 2015-07-06 Name: D. Dantzler
Location: Virginia

Satisfaction Rating:

5 of 5 stars Very Satisfied

"Lasted from 1991 to 2015"
We had the original gas water heater. We didn't know yearly flushing was recommended. Therefore, maintenance wasn't performed. Finally, the top hot water pipe rusted loose and it had a lower crack. Big mess and a lack of homeowner knowledge, although in 24 years there wasn't an issue. That's why we replaced that with a newer State Select.Trademasters Service Corp., Inc. installation and the product was nearly $1,000 less than both neighbors who used Lowe's and Home Depot. We just hope this newer version will last as long since yearly maintenance will be performed on regular basis.

Date created: 2015-03-25 Name: Greg P
Location: Madison, WI

Satisfaction Rating:

1 of 5 stars Very Unsatisfied

"Not a "Censible" water heater at all"
The State Censible water heater model (75 gallon natural gas) was my nemesis. First, it was very inefficient. No electronic ignition, just a pilot flame which is on all the time. Second, the gas valve is a flawed design and was never corrected. I went through three $500 + labor gas valves on that water heater in 5 years, and the third one also died and I gave up on replacing them. The gas valve would stick, causing the power vent motor to run constantly even when the unit was not heating, which caused the third problem, the power vent motor now locked up because of running all the time because of the bad gas valves. Fourth, the unit is just over 12 years old and has been leaking for about 2 years now. The tank is completely rotted out. Fifth, the power vent mechanism was very loud, and could be heard throughout the house when it was on, which was most of the time. Finally replaced it with a Ruud and the nemesis is finally gone.

Date created: 2012-01-18 Location: Redding, CA

Satisfaction Rating:

2 of 5 stars Somewhat Unsatisfied

"The water from my heater heats quickly, and runs out fast."
My water heater is a gas powered energy efficient model that I've been using for 2 months. I adjusted the heat upwards out of the "energy efficient" range within a week of starting to use it. It's small. The hot water runs out in less than 15 minutes in the energy efficient range. So we increased the heat in the heater and now the water lasts longer, but if you inadvertently turn on just the hot water, you'll scald yourself. The water does reheat quickly though. If it runs out it will be full of completely heated hot water within half an hour. I would probably replace this water heater if I could. I would not recommend it to anyone who takes showers over 10 minutes long.

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Other Censible Reviews

There are several comments on HVAC forums such as thetankatwaterheaterrescue.com regarding problems with the Censible, such as faulty anode rods and pilot lights not staying lit. Most of the problems are minor and easily fixed and are due to the age of the units.

Censible Warranty

The warranty for the State Censible water heater was comprised of the following:

  • 5-year tank warranty
  • 1-year parts warranty

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