CONNECTIONS – PLUMBING
The pipe sizing for hot water supply systems should be carried out by persons competent to do so, choosing
the most suitable pipe size to ensure adequate flow for each individual application. Reference to the
technical specifications of the water heater and local regulatory authority requirements must be made.
To achieve true mains pressure operation, the cold water line to the water heater should be the same size or
bigger than the hot water line from the water heater.
The minimum recommended cold pipe or solar preheat pipe and hot pipe size is DN20 for a single water
heater installation. If more than one water heater is installed, refer to the table of minimum header pipe sizes
on page 28.
The pipe work between the solar storage tank (if one is installed) and the in-series gas booster has a
minimum recommended pipe size of DN20 for a single water heater installation, MUST BE of copper or other
metal material suitable for potable water and be fully insulated with a closed cell type insulation or equivalent
in accordance with the requirements of AS/NZS 3500.4. If more than one water heater is installed, refer to
the table of minimum header pipe sizes on page 28.
The insulation must be weatherproof and UV resistant if exposed. The insulation must be fitted up to the
connections on both the solar storage tank and the in-series gas booster. A full flow isolation valve must be
installed on the water line to the in-series gas booster.
The gas connection is made at the underside of the water heater. The pipe work must be cleared of foreign
matter before connection and purged before attempting to operate the water heater. An isolation valve and
disconnection union must be installed to allow servicing and removal of the water heater (refer to the
diagram on page 25).
Note: Refer to the Gas Installations Standard AS 5601 or AS/NZS 5601.1 for the correct method of sizing
the gas supply pipe to the water heater. The pipe size selection must take into account the high gas input of
this water heater (refer to table on page 23) as well as all of the other gas appliances in the premises.
Warning: Always isolate the water heater before pressure testing the gas supply system. Disconnect the
water heater after the isolation valve to prevent the risk of serious damage to the gas control. The Rheem
warranty does not cover damage of any nature resulting from failure to observe this precaution. Refer to
rating label for gas types and pressures.