Rheem Power Vent Water Heater
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Overview of the Power Vent
The Rheem Power Vent is an energy efficient gas water heater with an efficiency of .67 EF. The Power Vent comes in 40 and 50 gallon tall and short capacities. 40-gallon models have a First Hour Rating (FHR) of up to 71 gallons, while 50-gallon models have an FHR of up to 87 gallons. The Power Vent features an integrated self-diagnostic system for easy installation and maintenance. The unit features a brass drain valve and a T&P valve, and a patented magnesium anode rod protects the tank from rust and corrosion. The Guardian System features an air/fuel shut-off device which turns off the heater if flammable vapor accumulates. The Power Vent offers venting runs of up to 100 feet with PVC, ABS, or CPVC pipe options.
Date created: 2017-04-17
Name: MIke Swanson
"Didn't work on day one"
Easter morning woke up to water everywhere, bought new from Home Depot, got it installed and found out the fvs sensor was missing, now Home Depot is closed. Next day went back to Home Depot got a sensor from another unit. Installed that, wouldn't start, called tech and was told how to reset, fan came on, tech said should be good and I hung up. Nope, now no ignition, called tech again, tried to see if spark happens, nope. Now I have to wait for new board to come overnight and hope that fixes it. Will never buy Rheem anything ever. 3 days no hot water is not happy.
Date created: 2017-01-08
Name: Monica Saba
Location: Big Lake, MN
Just a heads up do not ever buy a Rheem water heater from Home Depot. We purchased 1. It would never light. Went back got a second 1. It lit and lasted only a few hours. Apparently Richmond from Menards is made by the same company. Wasted 120 gallons of water than went to Lowe's and bought Powerflex made by AO Smith and it fired right up!!!
Date created: 2016-12-14
Name: Roger Smith
Location: Wallingford , VT
"Poor quality power vent"
Bought in 2007 just to upgrade from 20+year old one. Have replaced the power vent three times (at $360 just for the part.) The part that goes bad is just the bearings in the motor, but you can't get just the bearings or just the motor. You have to buy the whole unit. Seems to me they could put some better quality bearings in if you can't replace them or the motor. I would not recommend this product unless you like spending money & going without hot water for a few days, every 4 or 5 years
Date created: 2016-08-25
Name: Joe Smith
Location: Milwaukee, WI
"Tank failed within a year of the expired warranty"
The tank on our 75 gallon power vent Rheem hot water heater is leaking and the entire unit needs to be replaced at a cost of $2200. I called Rheem but they don't care. Tis is a bad company that makes a poor product.
Date created: 2016-07-11
Name: P. goble
Location: Collinsville, IL
"Poor customer service"
The warranty started when it was made, not installed. Has to be the poorest warranty I ever saw. I will never buy another thing made by Rheem or G.E. as long as I live.They said they would give me a 30 day grace period, even though the problem started 3 weeks ago, and now it is over by 1 day so they can't cover it.
Date created: 2016-04-11
Location: Newark, DE
"Reem Power Vent Water Heater: Much Trouble for My Family!"
I have had this water heater at my residence for about 13 years. It is around my basement area and still works. There are a few things I do not like about it. For one, my kitchen sink has difficulty pouring out heated water. We have to boil water on our own now, which is a major pain. Second, the heater had leaking problems during the winter. The designers did not anticipate any guard measure against leaking. I had to put a tray near the bottom of the heater just to prevent water from leaking onto the entire floor. It probably needs repairs, but I do not really know what to do about it. I had no choice of my home water heater, and money is running low now, so I am just stuck with it. I'm not sure if I would buy this again. I like that the heater is at least fairly compact and that I can easily read the company name and model of the heater.
Date created: 2014-08-30
Name: R. L. Snyder
Location: Wetaskiwin, Alberta
"Made in Mexico!? What does that tell you?"
My Rheem Power Vent is not producing hot water any more for the past 5 days. It cost me over $2,000 3 years ago and it's unreliable. It replaced another Rheem which was toast only 1 year after the warranty had expired. The guy who installed it, and the previous one, too, has an answering machine, yet he has not responded to my 4 or 5 calls I've made. He's more into the sales mode than he is the service mode, it looks like. Obviously he has never taken a course in customer service and satisfaction. I would never buy another Rheem due to the problems with this heater, as well as the last one I owned! Nor will I ever deal with this plumber again. I'd rather go back to the old fashioned, low efficiency water heaters.
Date created: 2011-05-11
Location: Ontario, CA
I just recently installed a 60 gallon rheem power vented natural gas water heater. when the contractor completed the installation and fired up the unit, the heater would stop after a minute a re-boot. this would continue repeatedly. After replacing the gas valve and then inspecting the power vent for blockages, it was determined that there was a missing baffle in the flue stack of the water heater. this made in mexico unit was then replaced with another new unit which funtioned well immediately after firing up the unit. a disappointing start; lets hope the future is better...
Other Power Vent Reviews
Among the very few comments on HVAC forums regarding the Rheem Power Vent, a consumer on city-data.com stated that his PVC exhaust vent was very loud. Several other consumers and professionals on the site agreed that it was an installation problem.
The warranty for the Rheem Power Vent water heater is comprised of the following:
- 6-year limited tank warranty
- 6-year limited parts warranty
The limited warranty does not cover labor expenses.