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GE 50 gal. Tall 6 Year 38,000 BTU Natural Gas Water Heater-DISCONTINUED

Discontinued GE

50 gal. Tall 6 Year 38,000 BTU Natural Gas Water Heater-DISCONTINUED

  • Same-day installation in most areas. Call 1-855-400-2552 by noon.
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Product Overview

The GE 50-gal. 38,000 BTU Natural Gas Water Heater features a SmartShield sensor system that protects against the ignition of flammable vapors outside the heater, helping you stay safe. This gas-powered heater has a powerful Piezo ignition system that saves you the hazard and effort of lighting matches. The low-NOx burner reduces your emissions, and a temperature-and-pressure relief valve is factory installed.

  • Call 1-855-650-2786 before noon for same-day installation in most areas
  • 50-gal. tank provides ample hot water for your household
  • Natural gas water heater
  • 38.4 GPH recovery rate at a 90-degree Fahrenheit rise
  • 6-year limited warranty on the tank and parts, plus a 2-year in-home service warranty for your convenience
  • 0.58 energy factor signifies an energy-efficient heater
  • Maintenance free - no filter to clean
  • Factory installed temperature and pressure relief valve
  • Piezo ignition system for no match lighting
  • Low-NOx burner reduces emissions and offers energy efficiency
  • Rated for installations up to 10,200 ft. above sea level
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Name Performance 50 Gal. Tall 6-Year 38,000 BTU ULN Natural Gas Water Heater Performance 50 Gal. Tall 6 Year 38,000 BTU Natural Gas Water Heater Performance Platinum 40 Gal. Tall 12 Year 40,000 BTU High Efficiency Natural Gas Water Heater
Brand Rheem Rheem Rheem
Ratings (2) (129) (600)
Water Heater Features Overheat Protection,Pilot Light Window,Pilot Reset Button,Temperature Pressure Relief Valve,Ultra LoNox Overheat Protection,Pilot Light Window,Pilot Reset Button,Temperature Pressure Relief Valve LoNox,Overheat Protection,Pilot Light Window,Pilot Reset Button,Self Cleaning,Temperature Pressure Relief Valve
Gas Type Natural Gas Natural Gas Natural Gas
Water Heater Profile Tall Tall Tall
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Customer Questions & Answers

what do you do when you by one and after you install it you find the ignitor is bad ?

Asked by: Anonymous
Repair or replacement of any part of the water heater that fails due to a defect in materials or workmanship. During this two (2) year Full Warranty period, we will also provide, free of charge, all labor and in-home service we determine is necessary to change-out a defective part or replace a leaking tank. Warranty coverage is measured from the date of original purchase if properly documented. If the date of original purchase is not properly documented, warranty coverage shall be measured from the date of manufacture plus (30) days.
Answered by: Anonymous
Date published: 2015-11-07

will not start

we have revised the manual many times. cannot get to fire off. gas company says gas pressure we have is ok. turn gas on turn to pilot lite position on black knob. hold pilot lite button down push egnightor will not start
Asked by: jerry
Gas valve is probably bad.
Answered by: None
Date published: 2015-11-08

does the water heater need electricity

Asked by: Anonymous
Answered by: Anonymous
Date published: 2015-11-07

does this model have a power vent

Asked by: Anonymous
Answered by: Anonymous
Date published: 2015-11-07
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Customer Reviews

50 gal. Tall 6 Year 38,000 BTU Natural Gas Water Heater-DISCONTINUED is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 89.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great experience with home depot pre order and pickup Our hot water heater stopped working one afternoon. At the same time our neighbor's also broke. Our neighbor paid $1,500 for a new heater and install. We researched all types of hot water heaters and found the best price through Home Depot. We ordered and paid for it that night. I drove my mini van and picked it up the next morning and had someone install it that afternoon. We paid well over half what our neighbor had. This new hot water heater is more efficient. We have five children and have yet to run out of hot water.
Date published: 2013-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Short term review As the title says, this is a short term review. Hopefully a short term review is better than the previous "no review" that was here before! Anyways, installed the water heater last night. First impressions are good, compared the water heater this replaced. One thing you will notice immediately, is that you will no longer need matches if you need to reignite this again. The gas system is much simplified for the layperson. Hold a button down, hit the ignitor, voila, heat. The drain spigot is brass on this tank. Apparently that is one thing you get when purchasing higher quality tanks. My last tank (which was in fact 13 years old) failed due to the plastic drain spigot. When coupled with overall condition of the tank, it made sense to replace the whole thing, but if you do drain your tank of sediment, this is a huge plus. Mine is in a pantry, so it is pretty obvious. It's not a work of art, but it is as pleasing to the eye as a water heater could be. Obviously there were no difficulties in the installation. Straight forward, simple. Hot water immediately afterward. 3" vent tube worked very efficiently on this model according to a water heater expert that was working with me on this. One note is that energy consumption seems high based on the energy saver sticker on it. Judging by the sticker, this unit is in the upper 25-33% of energy consumers in this category. Again, with very low energy usage overall, I do not expect this to be noticed in the monthly bill. Only other product I considered for my small house was a large tankless unit, however the cost was about 66% more, which with my overall energy consumption, would never pay off. So in the short term, I am pleased with this product. When the time comes that I've had it a few years, this model will most likely have been discontinued already. But if you are looking to purchase a tank now, hopefully my review has given you some points to consider.
Date published: 2007-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good product at a good price I replaced the water heater that came with my home after finding it had busted out. It was a good 10 year run. The installation was rather straight forward and simple to accomplish with some basic information from the associate at my local HD. Definitely have someone available to help lift this into place as it makes the job that much easier due to the weight and shape of water heaters. This is the reason I give it 4 stars for ease of installation. Otherwise, it's 3 water lines (inlet, outlet, and pressure relief valve) and the gas line. For the average DIY'er, it's very easy to do yourself and save $300-400 for about 30-60 minutes worth of work. The only knock I had against this unit is some difficulty in starting the pilot light. It took several attempts to get the pilot light to finally light which given the small button can be slightly annoying. I read this in a few other reviews, but it wasn't all that bad. Other than that, the unit operates quietly and supplies plenty of hot water. After I installed it, I had usable hot water in just over an hour in order to shower. For the price, this water heater is hard to beat. I've been using it for about 30 days and no complaints.
Date published: 2011-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great so far My uncle and I installed this water heater with ease. Although I have only had in installed for a few short weeks, I am nothing but satisfied with it's performance. My finacee and I took back to back hot showers, washed dishes and then did a load of laundry with no interruption of hot water. It is very quiet in it's operation and looks good too.
Date published: 2013-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy install (which preserved my man-skills) I replaced my old 40Gal heater with this one. I thought the install was very straightforward and easy to do (I'm an okay DIY'er). My old water heater was shorter (by about 5") than this new one; if you are in the same boat, there are parts you can get to make an exact fit. Also, I had to flex my copper (it's made to flex) around with a little muscle to get it perfect (but no big deal once I learned you can flex that stuff pretty good, I was more confident about muscling it around). Now, I did pull a permit(it cost me $44) and I would urge anyone to check your local laws/codes regarding the replacement of a water heater. After completion, the inspector came over, ran his little gas detector, looked at my venting and gave me the thumbs up. The only part I used from my old water heater was the temperature and pressure (copper)tubing that vents directly from the T&P valve. Also, I have heard numerous stories of people NOT draining the old water heater and then trying to haul it up the stairs..BAD IDEA. It's simple to drain and will shed 350 lbs off the weight when you move it!
Date published: 2011-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Purchased for an emergency replacement... When your hot water heater springs a leak it leaves little time for shopping for a replacement but I researched for a while on the internet and found that no make or model was perfect, someone always had something bad to say about any water heater. The Bradford/White heater I owned had gone bad a year after the warranty expired so I decide on this GE model which according to the included literature is made by Rheem somewhere in Mexico. I was planning on soldering the copper pipes but the store associate suggested the SharkBite connectors and I'm glad he did, it made the installation much simpler. Luckily the size of the GE was very similar to the Bradford/White and all I needed was the white Teflon tape for the water and the yellow Teflon tape for the natural gas connections. I also picked a water pan for underneath the heater. An associate helped me load it in my minivan and I managed to get it into my basement by myself. Most of the work actually involved removing the old water heater. So far the new heater is working great with the temperature set at 120 degrees. As with everything time will tell how reliable it turns out to be. The water heater comes with a 2 year full warranty and a 4 year limited warranty. Read your warranty information carefully to know what is covered, it's in the box with the use and care manual.
Date published: 2012-11-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Product and Customer Service is Junk The overall unit was easy to install. The problem happened about a month after the install. The safety-switch (controls overheating) at the bottom of the tank tripped from possible overheating. I contacted GE to request troubleshooting, the GE reps stated that the problem could be from 4 things, all of which they stated was my fault from the time of install. I had 2 Master Licensed Plumbers look at the tank and both stated GE was trying to flake out on their warranty promises. GE finally sent the replacement part 3 days later. I had to pay for a licensed plumber to come and install the part (at my own expense with a promise to reimburse me). I have not seen the reimbursement check in 22 days. I finally called to find out where the check was and I was told they needed to see a bank statement indicating the payment was actually charged. After being shuffled through phone calls and numbers I finally ended up with Rheem Manufacturing customer service. I was told that it is not their problem on not seeing a check in a timely manner. It was because I made an error in sending the plumber invoice and not including the bank statement (which I was never instructed they would need a bank statement). Bottom line is no one has accountability at GE or Rheem Manufacturing. I followed every block of instruction to a T. This product has failed once and is expecting to fail again. Do not waste your time and energy trying to deal with this product or the customer support of either company.
Date published: 2013-12-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from For a Warranty Claim GE tells me to bring the unit back myself! Called GE because our water heater because the ceramic liner is leaking. It is about 3 years old and it is still under warranty. The customer service representative at GE told me to drain, disconnect the water heater and bring it back to the Home Depot, get a replacement, then get it back to my house and get it reinstalled. Okay, I understand being responsible fo reinstallation, but am I supposed to rent a truck because I don't have a car that will fit this thing--or pay a plumber $85+/per hour to make a return for me? The sticker on the hot water heater with the 800 number for GE clearly says, "Do Not Bring This Back to the Store." What a fricking hassle for a not too expensive appliance!!! Poor customer care from GE, too.
Date published: 2012-04-04
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