GE Water Heaters
Review and Buying Tips

Explore the electric, gas and hybrid water heaters from General Electric, designed for traditional tank and advanced tankless water heating in residential applications. Advantages, benefits and buying tips.

The General Electric company was founded by Thomas Edison in 1907, and for over hundred years it is one of the most trusted and recognized names in the HVAC industry and wide, in US and Canada. The water heaters are sold under the GE name but are designed and built by the Rheem manufacturer.

Types

There is a variety of GE water heaters available for your residential hot water heating; from the small point-of-use or whole-house heaters, powered by gas or electric, to the advanced tankless gas and electric heat pumps.

Majority of the General Electric water heaters are standard or conventional tank-type models with the decent offer of the most popular sizes like 40 and 50 gallons. Small sizes, such as the point-of-use are ideal for supplemental heating and fast hot water delivery, while tankless for on-demand delivery.

Electric

Conventional tank-type electric water heaters from GE can be found from the smallest 2.5-gallon size to the large 80-gallon tanks, and based on the size, demand, and your water heating needs, you can buy models with one or two heating elements. General Electric offers a limited warranty on its electric heaters of 6, 9 and 12 years.

Heat pumps

GE GeoSpringGE GeoSpring

The most efficient model among water heaters that utilize the electric heating elements and the heat pump is the GE hybrid, known as GeoSpring. It comes with the high energy factor of 2.3, and this is the only Energy Star qualified electric unit.

It operates similar to A/C but in reverse, heats water either using electric heating elements, heat pump or combined, while saving energy up to 62%, when compared to standard heaters.

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Gas

Conventional gas-type heaters from GE are built in a capacity range from 28 gallons and are recommended for small houses and condos, while large units for multiple-bath homes. GE gas water heaters are factory set to use natural or propane gas and are using a simple pilot ignition to light the gas burner inside the combustion chamber.

As the electric models, 6, 9 and 12-year warranty is also available for gas units, where patented SmartShield Sensor System and self-cleaning system applies only to 9 and 12-year warranty models.

Some gas tank-type GE water heaters are Energy Star qualified, and these models come with the energy factor EF of 0.67 or higher. When you buy one of the efficient models, you will not only get the rebate (when applicable) but also save as long as you own it (when compared to less efficient models).

Based on the location where the water heater is installed, and your preference, you can buy atmospheric or power vent unit, where the power vent is found only among 40 and 50-gallon gas models.

Tankless

Tankless water heaters are another great addition to General Electric appliances, which are designed to heat water on demand and deliver hot water in a continuous flow, using the tankless technology. GE tankless water heaters can be installed indoor and outdoor, they are equipped with the latest technology, including electronic digital control, freeze protection, overheating protection and are providing hot water to point-of-use and whole-house applications.

Where to buy GE water heaters

Home Depot offers a one-year in-home warranty, which means that if something happens to your heater first year, any faulty part or the whole unit will be replaced, with the labor included. You can also buy GeoSpring hybrid heat pump at the mega hardware stores such as Sears and Lowe's, and it is often advertised as the new and revolutionary way of water heating.

Other tank-type and tankless GE water heaters are presently available and sold exclusively at Home Depot.

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