ABOUT YOUR WATER HEATER
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GENERAL MAINTENANCE
The jacket of the water heater can be cleaned with a soft cloth and warm mild soapy water. Under no
circumstances should abrasive materials or powders be used.
The area around the water heater can be sprayed with insecticide to rid the area of insects. Insects
encroaching into or nesting in the water heater can interfere with the operation of the water heater and also
damage components.
MINOR MAINTENANCE EVERY SIX MONTHS
It is recommended minor maintenance be performed every six (6) months. Minor maintenance can be
performed by the dwelling occupant.
The minor maintenance includes:
Inspect around the air inlet, flue terminal and the water heater in general for plant growth.
Trim back any shrubs, bushes or other plants which have encroached around the water heater.
Plant growth across the air inlet and flue terminal can interfere with the performance of the water
heater.
Inspect around the water heater for insect infestations, such as ants.
Spray insecticide around the water heater if necessary to rid the area of insects. Do not spray the
surface or into the air inlet or flue terminal of the water heater.
Insects encroaching into or nesting in the water heater can interfere with the operation of the water
heater and also damage components.
Check the drain line from the safe tray (if one is installed) is not blocked.
MAJOR SERVICE EVERY FIVE YEARS
For safe and efficient operation, it is recommended a major service be conducted on the water heater every
five (5) years.
Warning: Servicing of a water heater must only be carried out by qualified personnel. Phone Rheem
Service or their nearest Accredited Service Agent.
Note: The major service and routine replacement of any components, if required, are not included in the
Rheem warranty. A charge will be made for this work. Only genuine replacement parts should be used on
this water heater.
The major service includes the following actions:
Check and if necessary adjust the gas pressure.
Check the operation of and clean the burner.
Check and clean the line strainer.
Visually check the unit for any potential problems.
Inspect all connections.
Check the drain line from the safe tray (if one is installed) is not blocked.
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