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

  • Provides ample hot water for households with 5 or more people
  • Make sure it fits: measure your space to ensure dimensions fit
  • Same-day installation in most areas. Call 1-855-400-2552 by noon.
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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.
  • California residents
  • 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

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Ratings
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Nominal Tank Capacity (gallons)408050105
Application TypeMobile HomeResidentialResidentialCommercial
Product Height (in.)48.558.7562.7566.75
Water Heater ProfileTallTallTallTall
Product Width (in.)2124.523.530.25 in
Efficiency LevelSuper High High
Water Heater FeaturesOverheat Protection,Temperature Pressure Relief ValveOverheat Protection,Temperature Pressure Relief ValveOverheat Protection,Temperature Pressure Relief ValveOverheat Protection,Temperature Pressure Relief Valve
Fuel TypeElectricElectricElectricElectric
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Specifications

Dimensions

Kilo Watt
4.5
Product Depth (in.)
24.5
Product Height (in.)
58.75
Product Width (in.)
24.5
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
White
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
Rated Tank Capacity (gallons)
80
Required Volt Connection
240 volt
Returnable
180-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

19Questions27Answers

Not a hot water tank?

Asked by RyanBossier December 6, 2018
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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.

Does this unit have a heat exchanger? If not, where do the collector input and output go to and ...

Asked by Rodney September 25, 2018
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Yes, there is an heat exchanger. In the lower half of the tank is a solar fluid inlet and outlet to the heat exchanger. This is where you connect your solar collector panels.

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

does this water heater have places for two elements?

Asked by Leon March 10, 2020
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no it doesn't

How much does it cost to have this in Installed

Asked by Mark June 6, 2018
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I recommend contacting HD customer support (800-466-3337) for installation/pricing questions.

are you using electric solar panels or water solar panels

Asked by yabut September 24, 2018
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Liquid solar panels. It is designed to use a closed-loop glycol (anti-freeze) solar heating system. The glycol is heated in the solar panels and transfers the heat to the water in the water tank via closed-loop heat exchangers.

Can tou trcommend the size and type of solar panels to ise with this unit?

Asked by Dave June 25, 2018
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My system uses two Alten 3’x8’ panels which works well with this storage tank here in Northern California

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
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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
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No lower solar sending unit.

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

Asked by CL November 23, 2018
2
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works without a solar panel, except this heater has only one heating 4500 watt upper element.

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Customer Reviews

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Very Nice Solar Hot Water Storage Tank!
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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".
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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.
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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.
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It was not a good hot water heater ...
It was not a good hot water heater
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Response from RheemFebruary 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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Response from RheemFebruary 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!


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Jennifer rheem
I wanted a hot water heater, this is a storage...
I wanted a hot water heater, this is a storage tank and now I am stuck with it.
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Response from RheemFebruary 18, 2020
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
Very nice heater. the only problem was: they didn't furnish the lower tank solar sending unit, h...
Very nice heater. the only problem was: they didn't furnish the lower tank solar sending unit, had some trouble finding the problem. other then that extra expense it is a fine water heater.
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Response from RheemJanuary 3, 2020
Thank you for taking time to review this product, we are sorry to see you had a bad experience with your water heater. If you need 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.

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Jennifer rheem
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Great product
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Parts were missing and overflow valve had to to be...
Parts were missing and overflow valve had to to be replaced. Very disappointing.
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