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80 Gal. Solar 6-Year 4500-Watt Universal Connect with Element Electric Water Heater

  • For use with an open loop direct system circulating potable water
  • Make sure it fits: measure your space to ensure dimensions fit
  • Provides ample hot water for homes with 5 people
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Product Overview

The Richmond 80 Gal. universal connect solar storage tank with multi-port connections are available as electric backup water heaters and as storage tanks for solar water heating systems. The connection ports on the top, right and left side fit more installations. Collector feed and return fittings are conveniently located on the front of tank for easy installation. This unit is to be used as part of an open loop direct system with potable water circulating throughout.
  • 80 Gal. solar model is a backup electric water heater designed for use with single- and double-collector potable water systems
  • Includes 80 Gal. storage tank, cold water inlet that brings cold water to tank bottom to prevent mixing with heated water
  • Household size: up to 5 people
  • Versatile connection ports on top, left, and right fit more installations
  • Convenient installation collector feed and return fittings located at front of tank
  • Safety over-temperature protector included
  • Peace-of-mind backed by a 6-year tank and parts limited warranty
  • Features tank lining to resist corrosion and prolong tank life
  • Durable brass drain valve for easy maintenance
  • Meets all current requirements for solar storage tanks, meets or exceeds NAECA and ASHRAE requirements
  • Designed for easy replacement of your existing water heater
  • California residents

Info & Guides

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Ratings
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Nominal Tank Capacity (gallons)55808080
Water Heater ProfileTallTallMediumTall
Application TypeResidentialResidentialCommercialResidential
Efficiency LevelHigh Super HighSuper High
Water Heater FeaturesGlass-Lined Tank,Overheat Protection,Self Cleaning,Temperature Pressure Relief Valve,Vacation Mode,WiFiOverheat Protection,Temperature Pressure Relief ValveTemperature Pressure Relief ValveGlass-Lined Tank,Overheat Protection,Temperature Pressure Relief Valve,Vacation Mode,WiFi
Smart HomeSmart Home Enabled Smart Home Enabled
Fuel TypeElectricElectricElectricElectric
Indoor/OutdoorIndoorIndoorIndoorIndoor
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Specifications

Dimensions

Kilo Watt
4.5
Product Depth (in.)
24.5 in
Product Height (in.)
58.75 in
Product Width (in.)
24.5 in
Tank Valve Size (in.)
0.75
Water Connection Size (in.)
.75

Details

Amperage (amps)
18.8 A
Application Type
Residential
Commercial/Residential
Residential
Electricity Phase
Single Phase
Finish Family
Gray
First Hour of Delivery (gallons/hr)
0.0
Fuel Type
Electric
Household Size
5+
Indoor/Outdoor
Indoor
Maximum Temperature (F)
140
Minimum Temperature (F)
60
Nominal Tank Capacity (gallons)
80
Number of Elements
2
Pack Size
1
Product Weight (lb.)
192 lb
Rated Tank Capacity (gallons)
80
Required Volt Connection
240 volt
Returnable
90-Day
Tank Lining Material
Glass
Tank Warranty
6 Year
Uniform Energy Factor
0.0
Water Heater Features
Overheat Protection,Temperature Pressure Relief Valve
Water Heater Profile
Tall
Wattage (watts)
4500

Warranty / Certifications

Certifications and Listings
UL Listed
Labor Warranty
No Warranty
Part Warranty
6 Year

Questions & Answers

20Questions23Answers

I need to know if it's easy to convert to electric water heater from gas

Asked by ruby April 20, 2021
1
Answer

Hi ruby and thank you for your question. For that question you would need to speak with your ,local installers.

does this water heater have places for two elements?

Asked by Leon March 10, 2020
3
Answers

no it doesn't

Can the dip tubes be swapped to match my current installation? Can a dip tube be swapped with th...

Asked by jfcl September 14, 2019
2
Answers

I called the Rheem number listed in the previous answer. I was told that all the tappings can have the dip tubes re-arranged to match your installation. The labels won't match unless you move the labels along with the dip tubes.

What is included with the water heater? Are the nipples, plugs, and insulation listed in the inst...

Asked by jfcl September 13, 2019
2
Answers

No lower solar sending unit.

Is this 3 phase?

Asked by Capytan June 25, 2019
2
Answers

No it is single-phase. It is 2-wire 220V plus ground. Current rating is 18.8A.

How many heating elements does this hot water heater have ???????????????

Asked by MAP March 6, 2019
2
Answers

1

I DID GET A OPS AND INSTALLATION MANUAL. HOW DO I GET THEM?

Asked by JOE February 26, 2019
1
Answer

Underneath the specs and docs page of this website you will be able to download them, If you still are unable to find them please call our tech support and warranty department for solar water heaters at 800-432-8373 (options 2,2,5)

Not a hot water tank?

Asked by RyanBossier December 6, 2018
5
Answers

I have used this water heater for over 13 years in conjunction with my solar panels on the roof. Read the description people! It is not confusing. This water heater is designed to work with solar panels and not as a standard, stand alone water heater. Whenever my Richmond fails, I am happy to know that I can get an exact replacement from Home Depot.

Is the heat transfer isolated on this unit? IE can it be used with a solar thermal system utilizi...

Asked by Erik November 24, 2018
3
Answers

Yes, the heat transfer is isolated because of the heat exchanger this water heater comes with.

This unit only works with solar panel or this is optional?

Asked by CL November 23, 2018
2
Answers

works without a solar panel, except this heater has only one heating 4500 watt upper element.

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Customer Reviews

  • 2.9
    out of 22 reviews
  • 44% recommend this product
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Very Nice Solar Hot Water Storage Tank!
I have two 3' x 8' Alten 1980 vintage solar hot water collector panels on my roof which feeds food grade glycol antifreeze to the heat exchanger on this water heater tank via a Watts circulator pump with a small expansion tank. The pump is controlled by a Mysol solar controller. So far this winter I'm getting 120 degree water temperatures most days this February with this Richmond 80 gallon solar water tank. The insullation on this tank is very good as we recently had a two day power outage and we were able to take showers for two days even though the circulator pump was unable to run and add heat to the water. I also have not connected the electric heating element yet although I plan to in the near future. I can see why some people have bought this water heater by accident thinking it was an electric only water heater as the box has large letters which read "80 Gallon Electric Water Heater".
by Ed
When I unpacked the unit the top of the water heater...
When I unpacked the unit the top of the water heater was dented. It is water tight, but cosmetically looks terrible. Frustrating after all the work carefully transporting to my house
by JOHN
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Rating provided by a verified purchaser
by HomeDepotCustomer
Hot water still doesn't last long. Lasted the same as my 60 gallon tank.
Hot water still doesn't last long. Lasted the same as my 60 gallon tank.
by hunterjakescott
Actually need to return it. Works infrequent...
Actually need to return it. Works infrequent
by MICHAEL
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Rating provided by a verified purchaser
by HomeDepotCustomer
This tank only has 1 heating element but that's my fault for not thinking to check. I just assume...
This tank only has 1 heating element but that's my fault for not thinking to check. I just assumed this size tank would have 2 elements. Also there are 5 drain plugs on it and it doesn't come with enough plugs for all of them. We had to run back out and buy extra plugs. Only 2 people can take a shower at a time or you will run out of hot water. We have 4 shower & 4 adults in our house so its an adjustment for us. Now that's its up & running ,so far so good.
by Lisa
After installing the unit it started to leak from these little holes on top. I noticed 2 other ho...
After installing the unit it started to leak from these little holes on top. I noticed 2 other holes of the same size that appeared to have been sealed but where it was leaking from wasn't sealed.
by Disappointed
It was not a good hot water heater ...
It was not a good hot water heater
by HomeDepotCustomer
Response from RheemFeb 18, 2020
Hi Nicholas,

We are sorry to hear you are not enjoying your new water heater. 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 questions or concerns you have.

Jennifer rheem
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Rating provided by a verified purchaser
by HomeDepotCustomer
Response from RheemFeb 12, 2020
Thank you for choosing Richmond for you water heating needs and for taking time to review this product. We are happy to see you are enjoying your new Richmond Water Heater!


Thank you,
Jennifer rheem
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