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Performance Plus 50 Gal. Medium 9 Year 5500/5500-Watt Elements Electric Tank Water Heater with LED Indicator

  • Electronic LED system indicates element and thermostat operation
  • Make sure it fits: measure your space to ensure dimensions fit
  • Provides ample hot water for homes with 3-5 people
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The Rheem Performance Plus 50 Gal. Electric medium water heater provides an ample supply of hot water for households with 3 to 5 people. This unit comes with two 5500-Watt elements and an automatic thermostat which keeps the water at the desired temperature. An electronic LED system indicates element and thermostat operation. A 240-Volt electrical connection is required for installation. A premium grade anode rod provides long-lasting tank protection. Factory installed temperature and pressure relief valve and 3/4 in. water connections are included with the water heater for easy installation. This model has a 9-year limited tank and parts warranty plus a 2-year in home labor warranty.
  • Electric water heater is easy to maintain
  • Delivers 62 Gal. of hot water in the first hour
  • 9-year limited warranty on tank and parts for your convenience
  • 2-year in home labor warranty for peace of mind
  • Uniform energy factor 0.93
  • Self-cleaning feature reduces sediment and mineral build-up to prolong tank life
  • Dual 5500-Watt heating elements
  • Automatic thermostat keeps water at your desired temperature
  • Medium tank profile fits in a variety of indoor spaces
  • Requires a 240-Volt connection for installation
  • Designed for easy replacement of your existing water heater
  • Call 1-855-400-2552 before noon for same-day installation service in most areas, or visit our Water Heater Installation page for more information.
  • Meets 2015 NAECA standards
  • California residents

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Nominal Tank Capacity (gallons)40475050
Application TypeResidentialResidentialResidentialResidential
Water Heater ProfileTallShortMediumTall
Efficiency LevelSuper HighSuper HighSuper HighSuper High
Water Heater FeaturesOverheat Protection,Temperature Pressure Relief ValveOverheat Protection,Temperature Pressure Relief ValveOverheat Protection,Self Cleaning,Temperature Pressure Relief ValveOverheat Protection,Self Cleaning,Temperature Pressure Relief Valve
Fuel TypeElectricElectricElectricElectric
Product Height (in.)61 in32 in48 in58.875 in
Commercial/ResidentialResidentialResidentialResidentialResidential
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Specifications

Dimensions

Kilo Watt
5.5
Product Depth (in.)
23 in
Product Height (in.)
48 in
Product Width (in.)
23 in
Tank Valve Size (in.)
.75
Water Connection Size (in.)
.75

Details

Amperage (amps)
22.92 A
Application Type
Residential
Commercial/Residential
Residential
Efficiency Level
Super High
Electricity Phase
Single Phase
Finish Family
Gray
First Hour of Delivery (gallons/hr)
62
Fuel Type
Electric
Household Size
3-5
Indoor/Outdoor
Indoor
Maximum Temperature (F)
150
Minimum Temperature (F)
90
Nominal Tank Capacity (gallons)
50
Number of Elements
2
Pack Size
1
Product Weight (lb.)
132 lb
Rated Tank Capacity (gallons)
45
Required Volt Connection
240 volt
Returnable
90-Day
Tank Lining Material
Glass
Tank Warranty
9 Year
Uniform Energy Factor
0.93
Water Heater Features
Overheat Protection,Self Cleaning,Temperature Pressure Relief Valve
Water Heater Profile
Medium
Wattage (watts)
5500

Warranty / Certifications

Certifications and Listings
UL Listed
Labor Warranty
2 Year
Part Warranty
9 Year

Questions & Answers

74Questions18Answers

Why does this unit have 12 ga internal wiring rated for 20 amps when the 5500 watt elements draw...

Asked by Robert April 2, 2021
1
Answer

Hi Robert and thank you for your question. You would want to follow the use and care manual that comes with the unit as those are based of national codes at the time the unit was manufactured.

What is the required clearance for installation?

Asked by Bill March 31, 2021
1
Answer

Hi Bill and thank you for your question. Place the water heater in such a manner that the thermostat and element access panels can be removed to permit inspection and servicing such as removal of elements or checking controls. Sufficient room to service heater. You would also need to check local codes for specific distances they require.

Purchased a new Rheem water heater 9 year warranty unit. Question: Does it already come with a ...

Asked by JohnV March 12, 2021
4
Answers

Are you talking the release valve that has been moved from the side of tank to the top of tank. If so, that is accessory the customer must purchase separately.

Recovery time?

Asked by Mike February 7, 2021
2
Answers

after installation, 24 hours for the first cycle and it checks the wifi upper & lower temps as well. Then as you use the water it checks itself for the next heating cycle.

I have the 50 gallon model #XE50M09EL55U1. Where can I get a replacement for the upper heating el...

Asked by Bantam February 6, 2021
2
Answers

You can purchase them at Home Depot.

What is the energy factor of this hot water heater?

Asked by Sugars February 1, 2021
1
Answer

Hello Sugars, Thanks for asking, This heater has a Uniform energy factor of 0.93

What type breaker does this unit use. My old water heater uses 30 amp and I want to use the same ...

Asked by Bob January 24, 2021
2
Answers

Hi Bob and thank you for your question. The unit would need a double 30 amp breaker.

IS IT ENERGY STAR CERTIFIED

Asked by RICK January 21, 2021
2
Answers

No. If it does not specify in the description then it is not.

we set up all the required, it does not working? no hot water?

Asked by JIANJUN October 18, 2020
2
Answers

It's a 50 gallon water heater . it take 24 hours to go thru it's Cycle.

is it 240/208 or just 240?

Asked by jimram October 15, 2020
1
Answer

Thank you for asking. The unit can run on 208 volts.

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Customer Reviews

  • 4.4
    out of 832 reviews
  • 88% recommend this product
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Easy to self install. I was offered help to get...
Easy to self install. I was offered help to get it down from the shelf and loaded into my pickup.
by Charlie
Great quality water heater. If you want one with all those fancy bells and whistles , this one wi...
Great quality water heater. If you want one with all those fancy bells and whistles , this one will do the trick. Easy to install, if you are replacing a similar type.
by Jokers75
1 person found this helpful
Would not recommend, I began to notice leaking from the anode rod within 10 Hours after installat...
Would not recommend, I began to notice leaking from the anode rod within 10 Hours after installation. Rheem technical support helped to get a plumber involved to diagnose and repair the issue (rather long process). Had the unit for about a month now and the repair should soon be done soon. It is a nice looking water heater and functions as it should minus the manufacturer defect. But in the end I wouldn’t recommend.
by SS
Response from RheemJun 19, 2020
Hi SS,

We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience and would like to speak with you in greater detail about your experience. I will be reaching out to the email address you have provided and I look forward to speaking with you soon.

Jennifer rheem
3 people found this helpful
This waterheater is awesome. Installed it, heated water, shut it down for a week since this home...
This waterheater is awesome. Installed it, heated water, shut it down for a week since this home is only occasionally used, went back and the water was still warm in the tank before I repowered it.
by Lanternliker
6 people found this helpful
Thermostat went bad in less than 2 years
I installed the water heater myself. It worked great for two years until I noticed a breaker was tripping. I did some research, diagnostics, and determined that one of the thermostats was likely defective. I purchased both thermostats and installed the top one after further diagnostics. The upper thermostat fixed the problem. After reading some of the other reviews it appears that the upper thermostat is often low quality. If you are a DIY person, I would recommend purchasing the tune-up kit including heating elements and both thermostats so you have them at home in case something fails. The kit is around $30
by James
5 people found this helpful
I expected the product to work right out of the box. It didn't. There was something wrong with th...
I expected the product to work right out of the box. It didn't. There was something wrong with the elements. Reeme shipped me replacements but it delayed the availability of hot water for three days, and I had to pay to have them installed.
by Coppertop
Response from RheemNov 14, 2019
Hi,

We apologize for the inconvenience. The water heater you have reviewed comes with a 9-year limited warranty for tank and parts and a 2-year full in-home labor warranty. Please call Technical Support at 866-279-4566 between the hours of 7 A.M. and 7 P.M. CST and one of our experienced analysts will be happy to assist you with any warranty claims questions you may have.

Jennifer rheem
5 people found this helpful
Was easy to install.
Was easy to install.
by Xxxccc
Well, I was going to rate this product after a couple of Months, So Far, This Water Heater has wo...
Well, I was going to rate this product after a couple of Months, So Far, This Water Heater has worked flawlessly, I made sure the correct Wire was going to this Water Heater. The Shark Bite Lines also made the Job easier . I didn't have to call a plumber.
by Shaggy
4 people found this helpful
Excellent option, small size and great recovery rate due to 5500 watt elements. I replaced an 80 ...
Excellent option, small size and great recovery rate due to 5500 watt elements. I replaced an 80 gallon with this heater an noticed no difference. You must upgrade the Wire gauge and CB to handle the increased wattage however. LED indicator tells you what is happening, nice touch.
by Leonard
Response from RheemJan 10, 2019
Hi Leonard,

Glad to hear you are enjoying your new Rheem Water Heater and all of its features.

Thank you for taking time to write this review and for choosing Rheem!

Jennifer rheem
5 people found this helpful
2 units both defective! Purchased the unit Friday night. Unpacked it, installed easily. Once wate...
2 units both defective! Purchased the unit Friday night. Unpacked it, installed easily. Once water was on it started to leak from upper element. Called Home Depot and they were great. Said we could drain it and return. We did and exchanged for another of the same model. Got it home and installed easily. No leaks, yea! However, 2 hours later no hot water. Bottom light is not on. Called the store again they continued their great customer service and are trying to help us, 3 days now no hot water. Rheem told us their tech do not carry replacements parts so they will have to come out at least twice. Which means longer w/o hot water and days out of work! I wish I would not have purchased this model.
by Lefty
Response from RheemDec 15, 2018
Hi,

We apologize for the inconvenience and hope your issue has been resolved, if you need additional assistance please call Technical Support at 866-279-4566 between the hours of 7 A.M. and 7 P.M. CST and one of our experienced analysts will be happy to assist you.

Thank you,
Jennifer rheem
12 people found this helpful
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