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GE AP12169-5 Use & Care Manual

Single element 120 volt operation residential 2 1/2 –20 gallon
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WARNING—When using electrical appliances, basic safety precautions to reduce the risk of fire, electric shock, or injury to
persons should be followed, including:
The cord and plug connected water heater covered in
this manual (2
gallon models) must be grounded.
Connect only to properly grounded outlet. See "Electrical
Connections" section on page 8.
Install or locate this water heater in accordance with
the provided installation instructions.
Use this water heater only for its intended use as
described in this manual.
As with any appliance, close supervision is necessary
when used by children.
Printed in USA
Use & Care Manual
With Installation Instructions for the Installer
Model: GE Series
The purpose of this manual is twofold: one, 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.
Do not destroy this manual. Please read carefully and keep in a safe
place for future reference.
Manufactured under trademark license by:
Rheem Manufacturing Company
2600 Gunter Park Drive East, Montgomery, AL 36124-4020
Part No. AP12169-5 (01/05)
Single Element 120 Volt Operation
Residential 2
Recognize this symbol as an indication of Important Safety
California Proposition 65 Warning: This product contains
chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth
defects or other reproductive harm.
Do Not use an extension cord set with this water heater.
If no receptacle is available adjacent to the water heater,
contact a qualified electrician to have one properly installed.
Do Not operate this water heater if it has a damaged
cord or plug, if it is not working properly, or if it has
been damaged or dropped.
This water heater should be serviced only by qualified
service personnel. Contact nearest authorized service
center for examination, repair or adjustment.
Pub. No. 49-50013-4 11-03 JR
–20 Gallon



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  • Page 1: Water Heaters

    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. Do not destroy this manual. Please read carefully and keep in a safe place for future reference.
  • 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 Setting

    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

    Installing the water heater. The location chosen for the water heater must take into consideration the following: Local Installation Regulations This water heater must be installed in accordance with these instructions, local codes, utility codes, utility company requirements or, in the absence of local...
  • Page 6: Inspect Shipment

    Installing the water heater. 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. Thermal Expansion Determine if a check valve exists in the inlet water line.
  • Page 7: Typical Installation

    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: To Fill The Water Heater

    The voltage requirements and wattage load sufficient conduction for for the water heater are specified on the a ground. Non-metallic rating plate on the front of the water heater. piping, dielectric unions, flexible connectors etc. plug connected power supply cord for can cause the water use only in 120 VAC applications.
  • Page 9: Insulation Blankets

    The purpose of an insulation blanket is to reduce the standby heat loss encountered with storage tank heaters. This water heater meets or exceeds the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act standards with respect to insulation and standby loss requirements making an insulation blanket unnecessary.
  • Page 10: Pipe Insulation

    Installing the water heater. Hot and Cold Pipe Insulation Installation Typical vertical piping For increased energy efficiency, some water heaters have been supplied with two 24” sections of pipe insulation. Relief Valve Insulation Installation CAUTION: Ensure the T&P Valve opening is not obstructed by the 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 Instructions

    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

    Water Temperature Setting The temperature of the water in the DANGER: Hotter water water heater can be regulated by setting increases the Potential the temperature dial of the adjustable for Hot Water SCALDS. Households with small surface mounted thermostat(s) located children, disabled, or behind the jacket access panel(s).
  • Page 14: Draining The Water Heater

    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: Parts List

    Relief valve Nipple, hot outlet Shroud Nipple, cold inlet The model and serial number of the water heater from the rating plate. Specify voltage and wattage as marked on the rating plate. Gallon Models Cavity insulation Thermostat protective cover Thermostat...
  • Page 17: Wiring Diagram

  • Page 18 Notes.
  • Page 19: Product Registration

    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: 1 2 3 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. #...

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