Rheem Fury 22V40F1 Gas Water Heater Review
Rheem is one of the three water heater manufacturers in America, and the Rheem Fury 22V40F1 Gas Water Heater is one of their best selling items. This product is made in Mexico and distributed from Utah by Rheem’s water heating division, which is located in Montgomery, Alabama. It is a tall designed water heater that installs easily in 2 to 3 hours.
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As I read through the reviews, I noticed that just about as many Amazon purchasers were doing installation themselves as were hiring a plumber to do the installation. The outside cover is white, the shape is round and it stands almost 5 feet tall. Both the cold incoming water and the hot outgoing water exit through copper pipes on top of the water heater. Also the gas exhaust flu and flu pipe are on the top.
This water heater is part of the Fury series. I found it’s specifications online at the Rheem web site and also, by poking around on the site, while I was there, I was able to find brochures for the gas exhaust system. I could not find an installation manual, although the home handymen that wrote reviews about installing this water heater consistently mentioned how easy they found the installation.
Price is one of the most competitive features of this water heater. I looked at similar water heaters by other companies and the Rheem Fury 22V40F1 is priced similarly or cheaper than many others, but has more features and is better designed.
The tank is glass and is surrounded by insulation and then encased in a metal cover. The overflow safety release valve is near the top of the tank, but there is a drain valve at the bottom. According to the specifications, the gas heating system uses outside air for combustion, so the water heater doesn’t use air from the room it is installed in. Of course the combustion exhaust is also vented back outside. And, this air intake and exhaust system is designed with aluminum so that the metal won’t stain the outside of your house (aluminum doesn’t rust).
Finally, you will find a very mixed commentary about the delivery of these water heaters. Amazon uses Pilot trucking and shipping to do delivery. Apparently, Pilot offers good delivery in some locations and not so good delivery in other locations. At any rate the most commonly stated concern about this water heater really had nothing to do with the Rheem Fury 22V40F1, but was about the shipping and delivery.
Rheem Fury 22V40F1 Price
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The Amazon price is $373.39 + $99.49 shipping, or if you are eligible for Amazon’s Free Super Saver Shipping, the price is $409.95, which includes Free shipping. Amazon’s Super Saver Shipping program is available for products that are over $25, designated as on the Super Saver Shipping program, delivered to one address, and delivered within 5 to 8 business days. So the only drawback to this great price is that the delivery is going to take up to 8 business days.
By calling local plumbers for purchase and installation quotes, I found that the Rheem Fury 22V40F1 is far more expensive when bought locally. So even if you are going to use a local plumber for installation, you are likely to find that Amazon’s price for this water heater is almost unbeatable.
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This water heater is designed to comfortably service a household with 4 to 7 people living in it. Those are, of course, average estimates, so if your family has some reason that it uses very little hot water or a great deal of hot water, then you will have to deviate from this household suggestion.
Basically, for a tighter calculation of hot water needs, you’ll have to go through the more detailed process of counting how many hot-water-using appliances you have, how many showers and baths your family regularly takes in a day, and how often you have multiple hot water using appliances, showers and baths going on at one time. It’s that period of most heavy hot water demand that you need to calculate for.
So if you are going to frequently have a washing machine going at the same time someone in the house is showering and maybe the electric dishwasher is also running, that is what you calculate your hot water volume for. Then you’ll need to know how much water each of those appliances draws as well as the shower.
In lieu of these detailed calculations you can use the 4 to 7 people in a household suggestion that Rheem offers and learn about your family’s hot water habits after you’ve installed your new water heater.
But even with careful calculations, hot water demand varies from house to house simply because of the plumbing layout. What this really means is the farther hot water has to be piped to an end use point, the more cooling occurs. After all, once the hot water leaves the water heating tank, it is no longer being heated up, so of course it cools off. If the water has to be piped the entire length of the house and go up two stories then it’s likely to have cooled off considerably. It will also take longer for the water to run hot from any faucet or shower, depending how far the end use point is from the water heater.
There are ways of insulating the hot water pipes that run in the basement or crawl spaces where you can get at them. There are Styrofoam insulation collars you can place over those exposed pipes that will keep the water temperature from falling off as much as it does when the pipes are not insulated. The Styrofoam is inexpensive and easy to install, so you may want to consider doing this type of insulating. Click on the link below to view pipe insulation.
Specifications & Regulations
- 59 ¾“ high, 19 ¾” diameter, Vent size 6, shipping weight 155 lbs., height to side safety valve 51 5/8”
- Lining resists corrosion with Rheemglas
- R-Foam insulation
- Adjustable coaxial aluminum vent to avoid staining of building
- First Hour delivery 64 gallons
- Recovery in Gallons per 30 minutes 30.3
- Factory installed temperature and pressure relief valve
- Uses outside air for combustion
- Meets ANSI Z21.10.1 requirements for Flammable Vapor Ignition Resistance (FVIR)
Meets or exceeds National Appliance Energy Conservation Act (NAECA) requirements.
- Brass drain valve
- Comes with a 6 Year Warranty, which can be extended to 10 years..(Protection Plus Plan)
- Uses standard size hoses…
- Requires venting to outside for burnt gas exhaust and fresh air.
- 58 EF 38,000 BTU
- 40 gallon capacity the Rheem 42VR5040F Gas Water Heater is 50 gallons (same model, just larger)
Rheem Fury 22V40F1 Customer Reviews
“5 Star Amazon Review: The title says it all. You really can’t loose with this product or this vendor. Everything went much better than I ever expected. The freight delivery was just perfect and extremely fast. The water heater is also perfect. It came boxed and still strapped to the pallet. Once hooked up I could not believe how easy it was to light the pilot (no matches(. It’s even quieter than my old water heater. When the burner kicks on you don’t even hear it, you actually…(read more here: Rheem Fury 22V40F1 Water Heater Review)”
“5 Star Amazon Review: The Rheem 40 gallon water heater is nearly identical to the GE water heater, I found at my local Home Depot, but for less money: Including shipping cost, I saved about $70. The water heater arrived in great condition to my home in a weeks time. After installation, it…(read more here: Rheem Fury 22V40F1 Water Heater Review)”
Amazon Rating: 4.2
Pros & Cons
Pros: Quiet, electric ignition of gas pilot, fast water heat recovery, easy installation, easy to remove magnesium corrosion rod, price is very competitive (many say best price available)
Cons: Made in Mexico, shipping company (Pilot) has mixed service reports, 6 year warranty
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The Rheem Fury 22V40F1 is one of the most popular water heaters on the market. Amazon’s price for this product is as low as you are likely to find and the shipping costs are included if you arrange for the correct purchase program. Delivery takes 3 to 8 days and you will need to be present at the time of delivery. Take care to open the box and look for dents. Aside from a few damaged tanks (almost always dents from handling during the delivery and warehousing) the purchase, delivery and installation of this water heater is exceptional.
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