Consumer Reviews of Richmond water heaters
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Date created: 2013-12-21
Name: M. Reilly
Location: Madison, WI
"Customer Service non-existent"
Bought this 40 gallon gas water heater from Menards 9-2013. My major beef now with Richmond/Rheem is their customer service totally ignoring my contacts to them. I contacted them with two minor, very brief questions. The first was two days after purchase and the second was one month after purchase. They ignored both. Richmond/Rheem's ignoring me has now turned nothing into a big deal to me. Don't ever ignore the customer. This is the very last Rheem product I will ever purchase. I am the plumber to a lot of family and friends. They will line up behind me.
Date created: 2013-12-11
Name: robert rux
Location: aberdeen s.d.
"Tech dept does not know product"
Owner bought a water heater from Menards. The gas valve was bad. Called tech support they will send gas valve. It took two days. New gas valve did not work. Called again informed them of our readings and voltages they sent second gas valve. Took two more days
Date created: 2013-10-06
Name: Bill Bradley
Location: Tucson, Az
"Don't Waste Your Money"
Bought Richmond 6V30FT 29 gal. water heater from Home Depot! It had a 2-year parts and labor warranty! Six months after installing, water temperature at tub was 120 degrees! Kept turning thermostat down until reached pilot lighting! Called Home Depot, they said call Richmond, they sent new gas valve! Was told, no service company in Tucson to install! I kept complaining they refunded cost of water heater, but water still scalding hot! Will not buy water heater from Home Depot again, and for sure not a Richmond!!!
Date created: 2013-09-25
Name: Michelle McKim
Location: Churubusco, IN
"They Do Not Stand Behind Their Products"
I replaced my water heater that was 17 years old with new as old started to leak. New water heater was the lowest cost one at Menards that would hold 50 gallons and would fit the space. Low in cost means over $400 with tax not counting other installation parts needed. Old one - only issue before it leaked was I had to replace one element one time. New one - installed and running for 10 days before I find my hot water smells like rotten eggs. In 17 years my water has never smelled bad, that is with and without the water softener. When our old water softener quit, we were without one for a few months and water was discolored and smelled irony (and tasted it too), but no foul odors. Did some research and found that the anode rods they put in the new systems have caused it. Called the company to get them to replace it with one that would correct the issue. You know, the kind they used to put in them. They swore it was my water and not their product and anode rods are "sacrificial rods" and not covered. If it was my water, then how come I never had an issue until I installed your water heater. I can heat my cold water on stove or in microwave and get no smell. I said, I understand that the rods are designed to wear out, but not in 10 days. All I asked for was one in the right material, which happen to be in their higher priced models I later found out. No go. I was going to order one online for $60 but decided to check Menards to see if they carried them. No, they didn't and clerk said he gets lots of complaints about the company. They do not stand behind the lower priced models. They were able to order me the correct rod for about $25, 2 week wait, but worth saving $35. So those looking for a water heater, might want to avoid Richmond or at least order a new anode rod so you can replace before you install it.
Date created: 2013-07-11
Name: H Conway
Location: Lake CIty CO
"Cannot Get Them to Work"
We purchased 4 tankless units for our Colorado lodge in May. The original quote from our supplier has gone up by more than 50% due to the additional parts Richmond/Rheem has told our installer to purchase. And our installer's time has gone from an original quote of 12 hours to over 60 hours. It is now July 10th and we still do not have these units operational. We get error codes every time the units come on. We purchased from Richmond/Rheem because they offered a labor and parts warranty for the 1st year. They need to get these units working now! And, let us know that they will pay for all of this additional expense. If they do the right thing, I will note it in this record.
Date created: 2013-05-14
Name: M. Gaines
Location: Plattsburg, MO
I had a 12-year warranted Richmond 50 gal. electric water heater. It was manufactured and installed in 2008. In late 2012, it began leaking from the lower element. I contacted Richmond and they sent me a new element. When I removed the lower element, the threaded area of the tank had severely corroded. I again contacted Richmond and they told me to take my water heater to the point of purchase (Menards) and they would replace it. They indeed did. I had my new heater installed yesterday. I had great hot water for about 12 hrs, and then it quit working. Called Richmond today, and they had me call an electrician. Bad thermostat. They are overnighting the new part, the electrician has to then return. Richmond is supposed to reimburse the cost of labor. I hope this indeed happens!
Date created: 2013-03-16
Name: M Harding
"Nothing but problems."
We purchased this tankless waterheater in 2008 w/ the expectations of saving money. This unit has been problems from the start. Customer service has been very little help because the error codes are so vague. Since purchase we have replaced all the electrodes, the burner and spent approx. $600 on labor charges to have the unit cleaned. We have been with out hot water for a couple days, and are in the process of throwing this unit in the garbage (where it belongs) and purchasing a 50 gl standard type heater. I can assure you that it will not be a richmond product or any other brand manufactured by this company.
Date created: 2013-03-12
Name: D Elia
Location: Terre Haute, IN
Bought a 50 Gallon unit at a local warehouse store because it was the right capacity and the local gas company offered a $100 rebate on this model. It came with a 6 year "warranty." After 5 years of seemingly trouble free service the unit stopped supplying hot water so I called Richmond (Rheem.) Rheem made me do the initial troubleshooting for them and when they were done using me as their site technician they "politely" told me to call and plumber and that I would be responsible for labor. I asked if they had a recommended plumber in my area and they said no. I called the plumber I had install the unit 5 years ago but they were clear in telling me that since they did not supply the heater they were not responsible for the warranty (which I understood.) After about 3 hours of Richmond/Rheem telling the plumber what to "try" while the plumber was on my time the heater seemed to be fixed - only to fail again less than 12 hours later. The plumber is here again today and I anticipate having to demand that Richmond/Rheem replace the faulty component rather than waste my time and money trying to clean or repair or adjust the faulty part!!
Date created: 2013-03-02
Location: Saint Louis
I've had the same 50 gallon Richmond water heater for 22 years with no problems at all. I ran across this site while looking for reviews. I figured its close to the end of its life.
Date created: 2013-02-09
Name: Cliff Lanning
Location: Grand rapids, MI
"Very deceptive company"
This unit started out great and then after one year started throwing error codes. I found out that “normal" maintenance on this thing is going to cost me an extra $200 - $500 each year! According to Rheem (manufacturer of Richmond products) I need to have a Plumber come out twice a year and descale the unit and then about every year to year and a half I need to have it completely disassembled and the burners and igniters cleaned. What a deal this thing turned out to be!
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