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GE AP13204-4 Use And Care Manual

Residential 30, 40 and 50 gallon with smartwater ignition system
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WARNING: This water heater is not suitable
for use in manufactured (mobile) homes!
WARNING: If the information in these instructions is not followed exactly, a fire or
explosion may result causing property damage, personal injury or death.
— Do not store or use gasoline or other flammable
vapors or liquids or other combustible materials
in the vicinity of this or any other appliance.
To do so may result in an explosion or fire.
Do not try to light any appliance.
Do not touch any electrical switch; do not
use any phone in your building.
Immediately call your gas supplier from a
neighbor' s phone. Follow the gas supplier' s
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Gas Residential

Water Heaters

Residential 30, 40 and 50 Gallon
Model: HG Series, GG Series, GP Series, PG Series, SG Series,
SG Series with SmartWater™ Ignition System
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 troubleshooting
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
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
2600 Gunter Park Drive East, Montgomery, AL 36109-1413
Use & Care Manual
With Installation Instructions for the Installer
If you cannot reach your gas supplier, call
the fire department.
Do not return to your home until authorized
by the gas supplier or fire department.
— Improper installation, adjustment, alteration,
service or maintenance can cause property
damage, personal injury or death. Refer to this
manual. Installation and service must be
performed by a qualified installer, service
agency or the gas supplier.
Part No. AP13204-4 (01/05)
Pub. No. 49-50103



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  • Page 1: Water Heaters

    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.
  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    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. You’ll find many answers to common problems in the Before You Call For Service section.
  • Page 3: The Water Heater

    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 money. Pay particular attention to the Safety Instructions. Failure to follow these warnings could result in serious bodily injury or death. Should you have problems understanding the instructions in this manual, or have any questions, STOP, and get help from a qualified service technician, or the local gas utility.
  • Page 4: 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. D A N G E R Water temperature over 125°F can...
  • Page 5 Water heaters utilizing LP gas are different from natural gas models. A natural gas water heater will not function safely on LP gas and vice versa. No attempt should ever be made to convert the water heater from natural gas to LP gas.
  • Page 6: Safety Precautions

    Have the installer show you the location of the gas shut-off valve and how to shut it off if necessary. Turn off the manual shut-off valve if the water heater has been subjected to overheating, fire, flood, physical damage or if the gas supply fails to shut off.
  • Page 7: Location

    Installing the water heater. This water heater must be installed in accordance with these instructions, local codes, utility company requirements, and/or in the absence of local codes, use the latest edition of the American National Standard/National Fuel Gas Code. A copy can be purchased from either the American Gas Association, 400 N.
  • Page 8: 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 type of gas supplied corresponds to the water heater requirements. Combustion and Ventilation Air...
  • Page 9: Thermal Expansion

    As water is heated, it expands in volume and creates an increase in the pressure within the water system. This action is referred to as “thermal expansion”. In an “open” water system, expanding water which exceeds the capacity of the water heater flows back into the city main where the pressure is easily dissipated.
  • Page 10: Relief Valve

    Automatic Gas Shut-Off Devices for Hot Water Supply Systems, ANSI Z21.22, is supplied and must remain 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 11: Gas Supply

    WARNING: Do not attempt to convert this water heater for use with a different type of gas other than the type shown on the rating plate. Such conversion could result in hazardous operating conditions. Gas Supply The branch gas supply line to the water heater should be clean 1/2”...
  • Page 12: Insulation Blankets

    Installing the water heater. The water heater must be installed with the factory supplied draft hood in place. Venting DANGER: Failure to install the draft hood and Vent connectors must be attached to the properly vent the water draft hood outlet to connect the water heater to the outdoors as heater to the gas vent or chimney.
  • Page 13: Pipe Insulation

    DON’T install this water heater where standing water may occur. The base of the water heater is meant to be mounted on a dry surface. DON’T operate the water heater if the sight glass or burner access door grommet is damaged or broken.
  • Page 14: Installation Checklist

    Air supply free of corrosive elements and flammable vapors. Water Supply Water heater completely filled with water. Air purged from water heater and piping. Water connections tight and free of leaks. Gas Supply Gas line equipped with shut-off valve, union and sediment trap.
  • Page 15: Potable/Space Heating

    Isolation valve in hot water supply line to heating unit (not supplied with water heater) See diagrams above for proper pipe application for vertical or horizontal supply lines Gas line to water heater...
  • Page 16: Lighting Instructions

    Before operating this water heater, be sure to read and follow the instructions on the label pictured below and all other labels on the water heater, as well as the warnings printed in this manual. Failure to do so can result in unsafe operation of the water heater resulting in property damage, personal injury, or death.
  • Page 17: Water Temperature

    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 18 If the water heater has been subjected to fire, flood or physical damage, turn off the manual gas control (shut-off) valve, and...
  • Page 19: Draining The Water Heater

    A water heater’s tank can act as a setling conditions basin for solids suspended in the water. It is therefore not uncommon for hard water deposits to accumulate in the bottom of the tank.
  • Page 20: Venting System Inspection

    NOTICE: Refer to the Vacation and Extended Shut-Down Hydrogen Gas Caution in If the water heater is to remain idle for an the Operating Instructions. extended period of time, the power and water to the appliance should be turned off to conserve energy and prevent a build- up of dangerous hydrogen gas.
  • Page 21: Troubleshooting Tips

    This water heater incorporates a combustion shut off device that shuts the operation of the water heater down if undesirable combustion conditions occur. Such as the presence of flammable vapors or blockage of the combustion air inlet openings.
  • Page 22 Contact the water supplier or plumbing contractor on how to correct this. Do not plug the relief valve outlet. Wait for the water heater to recover after an abnormal demand. Check gas supply pressure and manifold pressure. Check the pilot. If necessary, relight using the instructions in the “Lighting The Water Heater”...
  • Page 23 Notes.
  • Page 24 Notes.
  • Page 25: Parts List

    * Pilot Burner and Piezo electrode * Thermocouple * Piezo Ignitor Wire The model and serial number of the water heater from the rating plate. Specify type of gas (natural or LP) as marked on the rating plate. **Heat Trap **Nipple...
  • Page 26: If You Need Service

    If you need service… Should you have any questions about your new water heater, or if it requires adjustment, repair, or routine maintenance, it is suggested that you first contact your installer, plumbing contractor or previously agreed upon service agency. In the event the firm has moved, or is unavailable, refer to the telephone directory, commercial listings or local utility for qualified service assistance.
  • Page 27: 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 28 Follow these three steps to protect your new appliance investment: 1 2 3 Complete and mail this Consumer Product Ownership Registration today. Model Number Consumer Product Ownership Registration Water Heater Mrs. Miss First Name Last Name Street Address Apt. #...