Rheem Water Heater Reviews - Rheem offers hot water heaters that are gas-fired, electric, tankless hot water heaters, indirect water heaters, and solar water heaters in various capacities for residential and commercial hot water heating application. Some of their hot water heaters qualify for tax incentive programs for energy-efficient water heaters. Various features of selected Rheem hot water heaters are:
Rheem Water Heater Reviews | Select Features
- maintenance-free with no filter to clean on selected hot water heaters
- Easy to light pilot light with a piezo lighter for lighting the pilot light on selected hot water heaters
- Brass drain valve on selected hot water heaters
- Magnesium anode rod protects the tank from rust for selected hot water heaters
- Temperature and pressure valve included with hot water heaters
- Self-cleaning tank on selected hot water heaters
- Low NOx on selected hot water heaters
- Possibility to use for heating with a hot water heating coil in the air handler
Rheem Water Heater Reviews - Water Heater Types Offered by Rheem
Rheem offers a whole line of water heaters of various types, sizes, and efficiency ratings. Always compare and check efficiency ratings when making the decision to purchase a new water heater. Also, is your old water heater keeping up with demand at peak hours? If not, you need to upsize to bigger water or heater or one with a better capacity to keep up with demand at peak hours. Here is a list of the types of water heaters Rheem offers (includes storage tanks and indirect-fired water heaters):
- Electric Water Heaters
- Gas-Fired water heaters
- Hybrid Heat Pump Water Heaters
- Solar Water Heaters
- Tankless water heaters of various capacities
- Both storage tanks and indirect-fired water heaters tanks
For capacity and sizing requirements always consult your plumber or HVAC contractor.
Rheem Water Heater Reviews - History
Rheem Manufacturing Company was established in the 1920s by Richard and Donald Rheem when the two brothers bought a galvanizing plant in San Francisco, CA. In the ’40s and ’50s, they expanded their core product line of water heaters to include air conditioning and heating equipment. They have expanded and are now a global company with offices in Europe, Australia, Canada, Asia, and South America.
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Rheem Water Heater Reviews
My Rheem Marathon [MR50245] water heater failed and after contacting Rheem tech support they agreed that the unit needed needed to be replaced. No one in my region [including Rheem] had any replacements so Rheem told me to purchase one from Home Depot, which I did. After months of emails, submitting numerous copies of documents and hours of phone calls I received a check for 1/2 of the replacement unit value. Rheem informed me that the unit wasn’t worth what I paid for it. My cost would have been the same from Rheem, Home Depot or a Rheem authorized dealer. Rheem’s lifetime warranty is a lie. It’s a great water heater, but you would be better served buying a decent quality unit from another manufacturer. If I had known that they weren’t going to honor the warranty I would’ve bought a different brand.
Installed a new Rheem 40 gal gas water heater and pilot will not light. Rheem says they have to ship a new pilot assembly…2-4 days. Evidently these units are not tested before leaving Mexico. It’s a shame a family has to wait 2-4 days for hot water after a new installation. Poor customer service. I would NOT recommend a Rheem unit under any circumstances.
Reviewed by Admin Transfer September 05, 2011
Rheem service slow, product dubious
Reviewed by Crissa Kentavr February 15, 2010
Rheem service slow, product dubious
I have a now six-year old (of estimated 13 year lifetime) tank water heater built by Rheem under GE. While the unit is reasonably efficient when it is on, the parts fail easily (and have failed repeatedly in this unit’s lifetime) for no real apparent reason.
After six years, the burner assembly is more than half rusted away; it is on its third? thermostat and several thermocouples.
They are fast with parts, however, they pay for next-day freight and ship the part the day after tomorrow; repeatedly taking three or more days for the part to get to me despite calling them mid-day their local time. The parts come with no labour or instructions – less than you would get at the local hardware store.
The durability of these units is dubious at best. I’m not sure how it pays to buy something so poorly constructed when even the roof lasts at least twenty years.