which rheem water heater???

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  1. popawheelie

    popawheelie New Member

    Dec 12, 2007
    I've been looking at water heaters for a while now and have settled in on a rheem. I'm not sure which one to get though.

    Here's our household situation. We have three full baths. We have two kitchens. One has a dishwasher but the other just has a sink. The third bath and second kitchen will be rented out in the future as we are in a college town. No whirlpool baths or anything else.
    I do plan to put a circulation loop on in the future since two bathrooms and the second kitchen is on the other side of the house. I have good access to install the loop.
    I have gas at the water heater spot with venting through the roof. I would like to buy a water heater that has 2" of insulation and is high effiency rated. We live at a high elevation. Ft Collins is at 5,000 feet.
    Any reccomendations?
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  2. Master Plumber Mark

    Master Plumber Mark Master Plumber

    Feb 6, 2005
    Sensitivity trainer.. plumber of mens souls
    indianapolis indiana - land of the free, home of
    75 gallon fury

    a house of your size with a apartment will be pretty
    demanding on a heater...

    I would go with a 75 gallon Rheem Fury or PRO unit

    you might be able to squeak by with a 50 , but that would iffey......

    I dont know what is available in colorado as far as models

    With a recirulaiton line installed , it might be wise to
    put that pump on a timer.... if you are worried about economy

    as far as thickness of insualtion, you can always
    add a blanket on the heater for 15 bucks
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  4. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

    Aug 31, 2004
    San Diego, CA
    Rheem residential water heaters, at lest up to 50 gallons, are rated for operation up to 10,200 feet. Larger BTU ones, you don't really need to worry, because the state of Colorado derates its natural gas, so most any heater is good to at least 8000 feet. Rheem and its distributors stock water heaters in Colorado which will work in Colorado. If there are any issues, your distributor or installing contractor will know what to do.Would it be possible to separate the piping, and run the rental on a 40 gallon, and put a 50 gallon on the main house?
  5. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

    Aug 17, 2004
    Bothell, Washington
    I had a home with three bathrooms, and two kitchens,
    I rented the downstairs.
    The home had a 40 gallon gas water heater.
    A 50 would have made more sense, though enough hot water never seemed to be an issue. Maybe we just had different schedules.
    It depends on how long people expect their shower to be too.
    After I put in the 40, I was thinking of how little it cost to keep a 50 heated, and that it would have given more first hour heat.
    I haven't installed a 40 since. I mainly install the 50 gal, 40,000 btu tanks.
  6. Master Plumber Mark

    Master Plumber Mark Master Plumber

    Feb 6, 2005
    Sensitivity trainer.. plumber of mens souls
    indianapolis indiana - land of the free, home of
    re -read the post

    Looking at it better, I mis-read the post and thought
    you had a whole nother apartment on top of the
    3 bathrooms.....

    a 50 would suffice ok

    but a 75 you would certainly never run out

    MASTERPLUMB777 In the Trades

    Aug 6, 2007
    Retired Master Plumber
    Rheem Water Heater


    At Least A 75gal. If You Have The Gas & Vent Size's,

    You Have To Figure "max" Demand, "not" What You May Wish For ! !

    Ie: The Dishwaser, Washer Machine, Two Showers At Same Time Just Like You Would Size Gas, Water, Or Sewer Usage,

    If It Can Be Done People Are Going To Run That Much At Same Time

    Jerrymac Masterplumber Ph.d. Water Heaterolgy:d
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