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GE AP12170-4 Use And Care Manual

Single and double element models side or top water connections residential 20–52 gallon
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Water Heaters

For Manufactured Housing (Mobile Home)
Printed in USA
Use & Care Manual
With Installation Instructions for the Installer
Manufactured under trademark license by:
Rheem Manufacturing Company
2600 Gunter Park Drive East, Montgomery, AL 36124-4020
Part No. AP12170-4 (11/03)
Single and Double
Element Models
Side or Top Water
Residential 20–52 Gallon
Model: GE Series
The purpose of this manual is twofold:
one, to provide the installer with the 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
Recognize this symbol as an
indication of Important Safety
Warning: This product contains
chemicals known to the State of
California to cause cancer, birth
defects or other reproductive harm.
Pub. No. 49-50012-4 11-03 JR



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  • Page 1: Water Heaters

    Do not destroy this manual. Please read carefully and keep in a safe place for future reference. Part No. AP12170-4 (11/03) Single and Double Element Models Side or Top Water Connections Residential 20–52 Gallon...
  • 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 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: Water Connections

    The HOT and COLD water connections are clearly marked and are 3/4″ NPT on before fitting adapter to the all models. Install a shut-off valve in the cold water line near the water heater. water connections on heater. Any heat applied to...
  • Page 7: Relief Valve

    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: Electrical Connections

    Installing the water heater. CAUTION: The presence of water in the piping and water heater does not provide sufficient conduction for a ground. Non-metallic piping, dielectric unions, flexible connectors etc. can cause the water heater to be electrically isolated. Electrical Connections...
  • Page 9: Insulation Blankets

    The use of unauthorized energy saving devices may shorten the life of the water heater and may endanger life and property. Hot and Cold Pipe Insulation Installation Typical vertical piping...
  • 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 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 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 If the water heater is to remain idle for an NOTICE: Refer to the 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

    Shroud Drain valve Cold inlet nipple (on side connect models only) The model and serial number of the water heater from the rating plate. Specify voltage and wattage as marked on the rating plate. Relief valve **Nipple Top Connect Models...
  • Page 17 Replace the thermostat and/or element as necessary. Replace the insulation and jacket access panel(s) before turning on the power to the water heater. NOTICE: The cavity insert crossbar is necessary for the manufacturing process only. The removal of the crossbar will not interfere with the...
  • Page 18: Wiring Diagram

  • 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: 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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