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.
The previous water heater that I had was a General Electric 40 gallon gas water heater. I noticed last fall (November 2014) that there was a small leak that commonly occurs when they get old. I was not too worried because it is located in my garage but since I did notice the leak, I knew that the unit was on its last leg. I replaced it with a Rheem 50 gallon gas water heater that I purchased at Home Depot. There were two frustrating aspects to this replacement. The first is that the larger unit did not fit very well in the space and the second is that because solder no longer has lead in it, soldering can be very frustrating because it does not work as well. Once the installation was complete, I started the unit and have been very pleased with the performance of the Rheem, Because of the larger capacity, we literally have never run out of available hot water. I searched the reviews before I bought it and most users had been pleased with its performance. The other reason I like the Rheem is that it has a 10-year manufacturer warranty. All in all it has been a good experience. I would buy this product again and I would recommend it to a friend.
"Never Better Water Heater"
I have owned this water heater for 6 years now. It never gives me any problems. It heats enough water for 3-5 people, which is perfect for my family of 3. I can set the maximum temperature for water heating which is convenient because I don't have to worry that my sons will get scalded. I have not had to replace or repair it yet, and when it was sold to me I was told it had a 9 year warranty. I would recommend this brand to others, as it is cost-effective and very easy to install/use.
"Rheem Boiler, Easy to Light, Quick Hot Water"
I've had the Rheem boiler installed for about 5 months now. Once it was installed we had hot water quickly and were able to adjust the water temperature easily. The control panel has a clearly labelled knob that you simply adjust to the desired temperature. It also has clear, easy to follow instructions about lighting the pilot (which was helpful for me because I'm terrified of natural gas appliances!). You don't have to use matches or a lighter, you just press and hold the temperature knob and push the ignition switch. There's even a little window at the bottom that you can look into to confirm the pilot is lit. An indicator light on the control panel also blinks when the pilot is lit (again, very helpful!). The only reason I've chosen "Somewhat Satisfied" instead of "Very Satisfied" is the issue we have had with the pilot light going out. It's happened twice in the 5 months we've owned the unit. As I mentioned above, it's simple to re-light but it's a pain to wake up to cold water and have to wait for it to warm back up! Our old boiler was 15 years old and we never had the pilot go out. We have never needed repairs and I would buy a Rheem unit again and definitely would recommend it to friends! The ease of use is great!
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.