Rheem is another big name that comes up when discussing water heaters or various other heating and cooling products. The company has been around since the mid 1920’s and has various other water heaters under different names such as Rudd. Rheem water heaters are available at Home Depot as well as a small variety of basic parts. However, if you have a warranty issue with a random part it could be a slow process in restoring your hot water.
Rheem also owns GE who used to provide all water heaters to Home Depot. After developing a reputation as the most unreliable water heater on the market, Home Depot worked out a deal with Rudd to start selling Rheem instead of GE. However they do not sell the same tank that Rheem has been selling over the last 10 years. The 40 gallon model is only a 36,000 btu water heater that produces significantly less hot water than the Bradford White or AO Smith 40 gallon tank.
Rheem also uses a plastic drain valve which can be a huge liability when the water heater is old and has to be replaced. With the hard water deposits in Kansas City water heaters don’t always drain once they are more than 10 years old. This is very unfavorable for the plumber if the drain valve needs to be removed to get the tank to drain. We NEVER recommend a water heater with a plastic drain valve.