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Al’s Plumbing, Heating & A/C in Plano, Texas provides maintenance & repairs for all brands of Central A/C, Gas & Electric Furnace, and Heat Pumps.  Additionally we sell and install new HVAC Systems from American Standard (same company as Trane), Ameristar (same company as American Standard) and Coleman HVAC (same company as York HVAC).

Al’s also provides full service plumbing maintenance, repairs and replacements for every plumbing component in your home.  Al’s sells and installs Rheem Professional Series gas & electric water heaters, and tankless water heaters.  Al’s is near your home in Plano, Allen, and Frisco.  We service all homes in southern Collin and Denton Counties with no travel charges.

Call Al’s today to discuss any concerns or problems you have with your HVAC System or Plumbing.  We will arrange an appointment at your convenience and offer 24/7 Emergency Service.

Rheem Water Heaters

Professional Series (Al’s) -VERSUS- Performance Series (big box store)

Al’s Sells Only Rheem Professional Series Water Heaters  

Professional™ Series Water Heaters Are Available Exclusively Through Rheem Contractors

Water heaters sell at different prices.  In order to achieve different prices, water heaters are made to “Good” “Better” “Best” quality levels.  Lower priced water heaters are built to lower specifications and with fewer features than more expensive ones.

Rheem Professional Series Water Heaters Include:

1. A Valuable Additional Feature  – EverKleen™ Self-Cleaning System reduces sediment build-up.

2. Upgraded Specification — Rheemglas® Tank Lining helps ensure longer water-tank life.

Al’s Plumbing, Heating & A/C Sells Only Best Quality-Level Products.   

You Can’t Get Rheem’s Professional Series Water Heaters At A Big Box Store.  They Sell Rheem’s Performance Series.

Here Is A Link To The:  Rheem Performance Series Water Heater Brochure

Here Is A Link To The: Rheem Professional Series Water Heater Brochure

Specifically, These Items Are Noted In The Professional Series’ Brochure:

EverKleen™ system fights sediment build-up

• Rheemglas® tank lining resists corrosion and prolongs tank life

 Rheem’s Professional Series Includes Additional Features

1. EverKleen™ Self Cleaning System

Click Here To See A Product Brochure For Rheem Professional Series Water Heater:  Rheem Professional Series Water Heater Features Sheet

Rheem’s EverKleen™ System channels water through an inlet-tube that creates a High-Velocity Spiraling WaterStream. This Self-Cleaning System reduces lime & sediment build-up in the water heater’s water-tank.

Tap-water includes mineral particles that are safe to drink.  The most common particles in water are calcium carbonate (lime) and magnesium carbonate.  Highly pure concentrated Calcium Carbonate is often used to treat: heartburn, upset stomach or indigestion.  Highly pure concentrated Magnesium Carbonate is a common antacid.

In water, white particles are often calcium carbonate / lime.  As water flows over limestone, it dissolves a tiny amount of the limestone into the water.  The dissolved lime will mostly stay suspended as long as the water is moving.  When water stops moving, the lime settles.

Settled Minerals & Other Particles End Up At The Bottom Of The Water-Tank

As they settle, mineral particles in the water settle form a layer on the bottom of the water-tank.  Due to the build-up, a gas water heater loses efficiency because it must now heat the sediment build-up before it can heat the water.  The sediment also causes the water-tank’s bottom to heat unevenly.

Sediment build-up causes premature failure of water heater tanks.  Sediment build-up requires the water heater to heat longer and causes the bottom of the water tank to heat up more (gas water heaters).  These two factors create excessive wear on the water tank.

The Water tanks expand when heating and contract once heating stops.  The more heat required + the longer the bottom of the tank is heated, the sooner the tank will crack and the water heater must be replaced.   This is why most water heater warranties require proof of annual water heater flushes.

Water heaters need to be flushed annually to prevent sediment build-up (from when they are new).  Because water heaters are typically out of sight, this important annual maintenance task is often not done.  The more sediment builds up in a water heater, the faster the steel water-tank will fail and start leaking.

One Sign Of Excessive Sediment Build-Up In A Gas Water Heater Is A “Popping Or RumblingSound While The Water Heater Is Heating

  • That’s the sound of steam bubbles percolating up through the sediment.
  • On a gas water heater’s water-tank, sediment build-up creates “Hot-Spots”.
  • A Hot-Spot is an area of tightly focused temperature variation on the water tank’s bottom.
  • Sediment does not build up evenly.  There will be more sediment near the water-inlet pipe (where new water enters the water heater).
  • In an electric water heater, Sediment Build-Up Can Reach Or Cover The Lower Heating Element.  This will likely cause it to fail.

2. Rheemglas® Water-Tank Lining

Click Here To See A Product Brochure For Rheem Professional Series Water Heater:  Rheem Professional Series Water Heater Features Sheet

Rheem’s Professional Series Water Heaters Include The (thicker) Rheemglas® Water-Tank Lining

This Thicker Lining Resists Corrosion Longer and Prolongs Water-Tank Life

Inside water heaters, the steel water-tank is protected by a Glass (Porcelain-Enamel) Lining.  This liner provides a longer life by keeping the corrosive-elements in water away from the steel water-tank.  During the manufacturing process, Porcelain Enamel is sprayed on the inner surfaces of the steel water-tank.  After the tanks are sprayed, they are heated to very high temperatures (1500 — 1600 degrees F.)

Over time, the porcelain liner fails on all water heater tanks.  When the porcelain liner fails, water gets to the steel water tank and starts corroding it.  Over time, the steel water-tank will corrode all the way through and start leaking.  The thicker the Porcelain Enamel / Glass lining is applied, the longer the liner, water-tank & water heater will last.

3. ANODE RODS

The Anode Rod(s) is made are made of magnesium or aluminum.  These metals are more easily corroded than the steel used for the water-tank.  This allows the rod to attract the corrosive properties of tap water, keeping them away from the steel water-tank.   As long as an Anode Rod is present (they wear away over time)  it provides increased protection for the steel water-tank.   Anode Rods wear out.  Once they do, the corrosive-elements in water will now corrode the steel water-tank.  Most water heaters can have the Anode Rod replaced.

Better grades of water heaters typically come with the option to install a 2nd Anode Rod.  2 rods provide roughly doubles the time the Anode Rods can protect the water heater.  Rheem’s Professional Series offers the option for a second anode rod.

Note: Replacing a worn-out Anode Rod will extend the life of the water heater.  As long as the Anode Rod has enough metal remaining, it attracts the corrosive-elements in water away from the steel water-tank.  Replacing the rod will provide continued protection for the steel water-tank, making it last longer.

Note: Replacing an Anode Rod is not a DIY project for most people.  If you are one of them, call a plumber to do it.  The Anode Rod was installed very tight, and removing it incorrectly has the capacity to damage the water heater, and / or shift the water heater enough to damage the pipes connecting the water heater to the house. You can find many “How To” Videos showing how to change an Anode Rod.  We do not furnish links to these videos because of the problem problems stated above.

 

4. Additional Upgrades Included With Rheem’s Professional Series:

This link describes the Performance Series Electric Water Heater.  Rheem Performance Series Electric Water Heater Brochure

This link describes the Professional Series Electric Water Heater.  Rheem Professional Series Electric Water Heater Brochure

1. Gas Valve:

  • Performance Series have a Honeywell gas control within a plastic case.
  • Professional Series have a RobertShaw gas control within a metal case.

2. Professional Series Brass Water-Tank Drain Valve (versus plastic)

  • Performance Series have a plastic drain valve.
  • Professional Series have a brass metal drain valve.

3. Professional Series Upgraded Heating Elements (Electric Water Heaters):

  • Performance Series electric water heaters have two copper heating elements.
  • Professional Series have Lifeguard™ Resistored, Stainless-Steel (lower) element to prolong both anode rod and water-tank life (upper element is copper).
  • Stainless Steel – Premium corrosion protection for long element life.
  • Resistored helps protect the element by slowing down corrosion.

SUMMARY:

This article describes the differences between Rheem’s Professional Series & Performance Series water heaters.  The Professional Series includes valuable upgrades, plus an additional feature that lend themselves to a longer water heater life.  These upgrades are detailed within this article.

As with most everything else, there are models with fewer upgrades and features, in order to be able to price them lower.  There are more expensive models with more upgrades and features, at a higher price.  In this specific case of Rheem Water Heaters, the upgraded model has upgrades & features that lend themselves to it lasting longer.

In addition, there are 2 extremely valuable maintenance tasks that will extend the life of all water heaters.

  • Annual flushes.  Note:  These must begin after the first year of service.  Flushing an old water heater may cause it to start leaking, because flushing away the built-up sediment will expose the bottom of the water-tank, and it is likely already quite corroded.
  • Replacing Anode Rod.  The actual lifespan of an Anode Rod depends on the amount of corrosive-elements in the water.  It is often suggested this be done every 5th year.   Because the Anode Rod attracts the corrosive-elements, it help keep them from corroding the steel water tank.

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Al’s Plumbing, Heating & A/C in Plano, Texas provides maintenance & repairs for all brands of Central A/C, Gas & Electric Furnace, and Heat Pumps.  Additionally we sell and install new HVAC Systems from American Standard (same company as Trane), Ameristar (same company as American Standard) and Coleman HVAC (same company as York HVAC).

Al’s also provides full service plumbing maintenance, repairs and replacements for every plumbing component in your home.  Al’s sells and installs Rheem Professional Series gas & electric water heaters, and tankless water heaters.  Al’s is near your home in Rowlette, Wylie and Murphy.  We service all homes in southern Collin and Denton Counties with no travel charges.

Call Al’s today to discuss any concerns or problems you have with your HVAC System or Plumbing.  We will arrange an appointment at your convenience and offer 24/7 Emergency Service.