Is Rheem still good for gas water heater?

marissa16November 12, 2011

I have decided to put in a hi efficiency power vent 50 gal gas water heater for a renovated 2 bedrm apt. My contractor recommended the Richmond 5GR50PVE2-42 which is made by Rheem and actually on sale locally today. I read consumers advice about hot water heaters and they say the longer the warranty, the more likely the insulating material is thicker and better made. This only has a 6 year warranty and am not sure many offer much more than this from what I see reading on line.

Recommendations and opinions most welcome.

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The Rheem hot water heaters have a good reputation. I have no expirence with the heaters with power vents. I am not sure if this reduces the reliability.

I think Rheem offers a longer warranty. You pay for the additional coverage. Sears sells water heaters with 12 year warrantys. My Sears hot water heater is 17 1/2 years old. No problems so far.

    Bookmark   November 12, 2011 at 9:30PM
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what is the energy factor?
for a standard tank type w/h .65ef is good
you can boost the efficiency by adding an exterior blanket.

best of luck

    Bookmark   November 13, 2011 at 9:58AM
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Thank you both. The energy factor is .67 and I can purchase a 6 year warranty for $50 which picks up after the initial 6 years are up. I have 30 days and need to read the details before deciding if the extended warranty is worth it.

    Bookmark   November 13, 2011 at 12:17PM
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Rheem continues to be a decent water heater - I happen to prefer Bradford White, there warranties are outstanding.

In terms of the life warranties - in your case you are seeking to purchase a water heater with a six year warranty- you can also buy heaters with 9 and 12 year warranties. Just know, that is one of the reasons for the higher cost - you are actually paying for the extended warranty.

A number of things have adversity of the life of the water heater- water condition from the city/village, water softeners, etc.

Within a water heater there is a part that you can/should replace every two years or so(depending upon the water quality used) -it is called the anode or sacrifical rod.

The purpose of this piece is it acts as a "magnet" of the water impurities, therefore the impurities are not attacking the water heater itself.

With that said, you can take a hot water heater with a six year warranty, and with the proper maintenance far exceed that 6 year lifetime.

Good luck!

    Bookmark   November 13, 2011 at 7:58PM
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