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Rheem Adds 175-Gallon Capacity Model to its Line of Heavy Duty Electric Commercial Water Heaters

Large-volume water heater ships quickly to customer and costs about one-third less than similar capacity models that must be custom ordered

ATLANTA, September 18, 2012—Rheem has expanded its Heavy Duty Electric line of commercial water heaters to include a new 175-gallon capacity model. When an order is placed before noon, Rheem will either ship the 175-gallon model the same day or customers can pick it up the same day in areas near Rheem warehouses or distributors that stock these models. This large-volume unit complements Rheem’s existing Heavy Duty Commercial Electric water heating offerings, which include 50-, 85-, and 120-gallon capacity models.

“Large-volume electric water heaters typically take six weeks or more to arrive to the customer—because they’re often available only through special ordering. Plus, customers usually end up paying a hefty deposit and the shipping charges for these orders,” said Willie Pedrick, product manager, Rheem Water Heating Division. “With Rheem’s new 175-gallon Heavy Duty Commercial Electric water heater, the hassle of ordering a large-volume water heater is a thing of the past. In most cases, a customer will receive this water heater the same day—without paying any shipping charges or a deposit. This unit really is going to be a lifesaver for any business that needs a large-volume electric water heater right away.”

Rheem ships these 175-gallon water heaters to its stocking warehouses and participating distributors as a base model that can be quickly customized. When distributors receive a request from a contractor for this unit, they will convert the water heater to the customer’s exact specifications in minutes at about one-third the cost of a special order model. That’s because Rheem strategically located the unit’s control box at the front of the unit, so even when the water heater is still in its shipping crate, distributors can easily access this one panel without having to unpack it. The ability to quickly rewire the unit readies it for pick-up or delivery almost immediately.

The 175-gallon Rheem Heavy Duty Commercial Electric water heater operates at 98 percent thermal efficiency. In addition, Rheem added a thick layer of foam insulation to the unit to minimize heat loss. The unit can reach a maximum temperature of 190 degrees Fahrenheit and it delivers approximately 438 gallons of hot water in the first hour at a 100-degree rise. The 175-gallon model is perfect for a variety of commercial settings including foodservice, retail, athletic complexes and more, and it can be used as a booster or a stand-alone unit.

Contractors will appreciate that this unit is derived from Rheem’s existing commercial electric water heating platform, which has been trusted in the marketplace for decades. Plus, the unit’s exclusive System Sentinel™ diagnostic panel can facilitate faster service calls. Rheem’s System Sentinel diagnostic panel features LED indicators that correspond to the number, location and status of each element in the water heater. Should a service issue arise, a contractor can quickly reference the System Sentinel and see where the precise error is occurring in the unit.

The Rheem Heavy Duty Commercial Electric line has units available with input ratings of 3 kW to 108 kW. The line offers models in 208, 240, or 480 voltages (VAC), as well as a 277 VAC option for single-phase only; the remaining voltages are available in either single-or three-phase options. The line’s 50-, 80- and 120-gallon models can be purchased in designs that meet ASME construction standards, and all 175-gallon models are built according to ASME construction standards.

To learn more about Rheem Heavy Duty Commercial Electric water heaters, please visit www.rheem.com or contact your local Rheem distributor.

About Rheem (www.rheem.com)
Rheem is privately held with headquarters in Atlanta and U.S. operations in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Indiana, Minnesota and North Carolina. In its 87th year of operation, the company manufactures a full-line of eco-friendly, technologically advanced residential and commercial heating and cooling systems; tank, tankless, solar and hybrid heat pump water heaters; whole-home standby generators, controls, swimming pool and spa heaters; indoor air-purification products; and commercial boilers throughout North America and world markets. The company’s premium brands, including Rheem, Raypak, Ruud and Richmond have been recognized with countless industry and consumer awards for reliability, innovative design and high quality.

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