Our new house came with a Rheem Fury Rheemglas Energy Miser water heater model # 82v52.2 It has a 50 gallon tank with both upper and lower heating elements and is 240 volts.
This is the first electric water heater we have ever owned and we were not familiar with the Rheem brand. We did some research on them and found that they are the number one name brand of water heaters and a favorite choice for plumbers.
We had some concerns about the 50 gallon tank. We are a family of 4 and have bathrooms on 3 floors of our home. We talked to both our builder and the plumber who was still doing work on the house before we moved in and both told us that it would be fine. We have put it to the test numerous times with back to back showers and so far none of us has ever run out of hot water.
The water heater is an Energy Miser model which means it is supposed to be more energy efficient. The energy guide on the unit estimates that the yearly cost to run it $415.00. With this being a new house and never having owned a new or electric water heater before, we really have not been able to judge how much the savings really are.
The unit has duel thermostats which we did not realize when we moved in. We could not understand why the thermostat was set to the right temperature but the water did not feel that hot and ran out quickly. We had the plumber come make sure it was working properly and he noticed that no one had set the second thermostat. After he set it to the same temperature as the other one it worked fine and we had no other problems. The automatic thermostats keep the water at the correct temperature and there is also a temperature protector so in the event of a malfunction where the temperature became excessive, it would cut off power. It contains a patented self cleaning system and has a brass drain valve. There is a 6 year warranty on both the tank and the parts.
It's been 6 months so far that we have been using the Rheem water heater and so far we have no complaints.