Rheem GE Series Use And Care Manual

Electric residential water heaters single and double element models, residential 20–120 gallon
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Water Heaters

Printed in USA
Use & Care Manual
With Installation Instructions for the Installer
Single and Double Element Models,
Model: HE Series, GE Series, PE Series, SE Series
The purpose of this manual is twofold: one, for the contractor, to provide the installer
with basic directions and recommendations for the proper installation and adjustment
of the water heater; and two, for the owner–operator, to explain the features, operation,
safety precautions, maintenance and trouble shooting of the water heater. This
manual includes a parts list.
It is imperative that all persons who are expected to install, operate or adjust this
water heater read the instructions carefully so that they may understand how to perform
these operations. If you do not understand these instructions or any terms within it, seek
professional advice.
Any questions regarding the operation, maintenance, service or warranty of this
water heater should be directed to the seller from whom it was purchased. If
additional information is required, refer to the section "If You Need Service...."
Do not destroy this manual. Please read carefully and keep in a safe place for
future reference.
Recognize this symbol as an indication of Important Safety Information!
California Proposition 65 Warning: This product contains chemicals known to
the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.
Manufactured under trademark license by:
Rheem Manufacturing Company
P .O. Box 244020, Montgomery, AL 36124-4020
Part No. AP12168-7 (01/05)
Residential 20–120 Gallon
Pub. No. 49-50009-5 11-03 JR



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  • Page 1: Water Heaters

    Single and Double Element Models, Residential 20–120 Gallon Model: HE Series, GE Series, PE Series, SE Series The purpose of this manual is twofold: one, for the contractor, to provide the installer with basic directions and recommendations for the proper installation and adjustment of the water heater;...
  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    READ THIS MANUAL Inside you will find many helpful hints on how to use and maintain your water heater properly. Just a little preventive care on your part can save you a great deal of time and money over the life of your water heater.
  • Page 3: Water Temperature Adjustment

    Water temperatures above 125°F can cause severe burns or death from scalding. Be sure to read and follow the warnings outlined on the label pictured below. This label is also located on the water heater near the thermostat access panel.
  • Page 4: Safety Precautions

    Be sure to read and understand the entire Use and Care Manual before attempting to install or operate this water heater. It may save you time and cost. Pay particular attention to the Safety Instructions. Failure to follow these warnings could result in serious bodily injury or death.
  • Page 5: Location

    Inspect Shipment Inspect the water heater for possible damage. Check the markings on the rating plate of the water heater to be certain the power supply corresponds to the water heater requirements. heater plus 2″ min.
  • Page 6: Thermal Expansion

    The suggested method of controlling thermal expansion is to install an expansion tank in the cold water line between the water heater and the check valve (refer to the illustration below). The expansion tank is designed with an air cushion built in that compresses as the system pressure increases, thereby relieving the over pressure condition and eliminating the repeated operation of the relief valve.
  • Page 7: Water Temperature

    Automatic Gas Shut-Off Devices for Hot Water Supply Systems, ANSI Z21.22, is supplied and must remain installed in the opening provided and marked for the purpose on the water heater. No valve of any type should be installed between the relief valve and the tank. Local codes shall govern the installation of relief valves.
  • Page 8 The water heater is completely wired to the junction box inside jacket at the top Water heater junction box. front of the water heater. An opening for 1/2″ or 3/4″ electrical fitting is provided CAUTION: The presence for field wiring connections.
  • Page 9: Insulation Blankets

    This water heater meets or exceeds the with the kit must be carefully followed. National Appliance Energy Conservation Act standards with respect to...
  • Page 10 Installing the water heater. Relief Valve Insulation Installation CAUTION: Ensure the T&P Valve opening is not obstructed by the insulation. Typical top connection arrangement For increased energy efficiency, some water heaters have been supplied with a 2-3/8” section of pipe insulation.
  • Page 11: Installation Checklist

    Area free of flammable vapors. Sufficient fresh air supply for proper operation of water heater. Water Supply Water heater completely filled with water. Air purged from water heater and piping. Water connections tight and free of leaks. Relief Valve Temperature and Pressure Relief Valve properly installed and discharge line run to open drain.
  • Page 12: Operating The Water Heater

    Operating the water heater. CAUTION: Hydrogen gas can be produced in a hot water system served by this water heater that has not been used for a long period of time (generally two weeks or more). HYDROGEN GAS IS EXTREMELY FLAMMABLE!! To dissipate such gas and to reduce risk of injury, it is recommended that the hot water faucet be opened for several minutes at the kitchen sink before using any electrical appliance connected to the hot water system.
  • Page 13: Water Temperature Setting

    Be sure to read and follow the warnings outlined in this manual and on the label on the water heater. This label is located on the water heater near the thermostat access panel.
  • Page 14: Care And Cleaning

    Vacation and Extended Shut-Down NOTICE: Refer to the If the water heater is to remain idle for an Hydrogen Gas Caution in extended period of time, the power and the Operating Instructions.
  • Page 15: Troubleshooting Tips

    This is normal for heat trap fittings when in operation and does not indicate a need for service. Wait for the water heater to recover after an abnormal demand. Replace fuse or reset circuit breaker. Make sure electric supply to water heater and disconnect switch, if used, are in the ON position.
  • Page 16: Replacement Parts

    Heating element Heating element Drain valve shroud **Not supplied on all models The model and serial number of the water heater from the rating plate. Specify voltage and wattage as marked on the rating plate. **Heat Trap **Nipple Dip tube gasket...
  • Page 17: To Replace Thermostat/Heating Element

    Replace the insulation and jacket access panel(s) before turning on the power to the water heater. N N O O T T I I C C E E : : T T h h e e c c a a v v i i t t y y i i n n s s e e r r t t c c r r o o s s s s b b a a r r i i s s n n e e c c e e s s s s a a r r y y f f o o r r t t h h e e m m a a n n u u f f a a c c t t u u r r i i n n g g p p r r o o c c e e s s s s o o n n l l y y .
  • Page 18: Wiring Diagram

  • Page 19 Cut here Please place in envelope and mail to: Rheem Manufacturing Company Warranty Registration Department P .O. Box 34070 Louisville, KY 40232-4070...
  • Page 20 Follow these three steps to protect your new appliance investment: Complete and mail this Consumer Product Ownership Registration today. Model Number If you require service, call 800-431-1549. Consumer Product Ownership Registration Water Heater Mrs. Miss First Name Last Name Street Address Apt.