Rheem Performance Plus Water Heaters

Rheem Performance Plus Water heater Overview

The Rheem Performance Plus is a water heater available in gas and electric models. The two gas units both come in 40 and 50 gallon capacities, with an energy factor of .62. The one electric unit is available in 40 and 50 gallon capacities, with a .95 energy factor. The Performance Plus is self-cleaning, which helps prevent sediment build up and saves energy, and the gas units are maintenance-free, with no filter to clean. It uses a premium grade anode rod for long-lasting protection against corrosion, and comes with both a temperature and pressure relief valve and an enhanced flow brass drain valve. All models of the Performance Plus have a self-powered diagnostic control system with troubleshooting codes.

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Consumer Reviews of Rheem Performance Plus


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  • #6 of 14 Rheem Water heater
  • 66.67% of customers recommended

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Rheem Performance Plus Water heater Reviews

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"Rheem 50 Gallon"

5.0 rating
Very Satisfied

Just had this installed. It was quick, easy and has so far exceeded my expectations.


"Customer service stinks!"

1.0 rating
Very Unsatisfied

Bought the water heater from Home Depot and installed it the next day. Sparker was defective so I called Rheem customer service the same day. They agreed it was defective and told me they would have a service man contact me within 24 hours and have a new sparker shipped to me within 3-5 business days. No service man ever called and no part ever arrived. After 5 days of no hot water, I called the service company myself and had the part replaced and installed at my expense. Will never do business with Home Depot or Rheem again.

Gerry Vandermolen

"Was skeptical at first, but quickly came around"

4.0 rating
Somewhat Satisfied

So I ended up purchasing a single one of these on a whim. I wanted a direct replacement for the Kenmore unit in my recent duplex purchase as it just wasn't working right and I knew it was time to go. So after some research, I made a quick trip over to Home depot. Mind you, i know nothing about water heaters besides the fact they make my shower hot in the morning. I ended up with this unit due to the extremely high reviews online and honestly, i couldn't be happier. The unit is crazy efficient although I did wrap it in thermal pads to help keep the heat in. My energy bills have gone down drastically and so far, i have not had any issues at all. I've had it for roughly a month now and I firmly believe that if the other unit in my home fails, I will be purchasing another one of these units. For the price and warranty it comes with, it can't be beat.

Milwaukee, WI

"Rheem 40 Gallon Boiler and Heater"

4.0 rating
Somewhat Satisfied

I am satisfied overall with my Rheem 40 gallon water heater. It performs adequately as I always have enough hot water throughout the day. It's really efficient and doesn't take much to run. I have had it 6 months and have had no issues and notice it is more reliable than the Kenmore unit it replaced. It was easy to install and very easy to adjust the temperature of the water. It takes less footprint than the last model although it's taller than the unit it replaced. There is nothing I dislike, for a water heater it just works. I think it will last well past the 6 years it is rated for. I think I would stick to this brand in the future when I need to replace it. The company seems like a good one and their support, from my experience, was helpful when I had questions about the setup.

Norfolk, Virginia

"Great water heater"

5.0 rating
Very Satisfied

Our water heater went out about four months ago. I really wanted a tankless water heater but after looking into the prices we decided to go ahead and get the old tank water heater. I am really glad that we did. We got the Performance Plus 40 Gal. 38,000 BTU High Efficiency Natural Gas Water Heater from Home Depot. We love it. It was easy to install, if you know what you're doing. We always have hot water now. It seems to fill up much faster than our old, way outdated gas tank water heater. We have only had it for four months now, so we have not had any problems with it or need to get it repaired, yet. But I do not think that it will be anytime soon that it will be needing any repairs. Yes I would recommend it to a friend. I also recommend buying the Rheem brand. We always go with Rheem, they are far more widely known and a brand you can trust.

Gulfport, Ms

Other Performance Plus Reviews

There are not many online reviews regarding the Performance Plus. A homeowner on Terrylove.com asked for opinions on whether to buy the Rheem Performance, Performance Plus, or Performance Platinum water heater. The comments were mixed and the homeowner decided to purchase the Performance because of the lower price and ease of replacement. Another homeowner on the same site asked for opinions between the Performance Plus and a Whirlpool 6th Sense. Most comments favored the Rheem and the homeowner decided to purchase the Performance Plus.

Performance Plus Warranty

The warranty for the Rheem Performance Plus water heater is comprised of the following:

  • 9-year tank warranty
  • 9-year parts warranty
  • 2-year full in-home labor warranty


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