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Old 10-20-17, 10:53 AM
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natural gas/propane water heater

I'm looking at a new Rheem water heater to replace my old Rheem (which lasted 20 years).

Home Depot has the one I want, but the guy there says it won't run on propane and I'm S.O.L.

I find that hard to believe. The one in my house runs on propane. Is there a conversion kit available that he doen't know about?
 
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Old 10-20-17, 11:58 AM
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The big box retailers usually stock them already configured for natural gas or propane. You just need to buy the propane powered version.
 
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Old 10-21-17, 07:33 AM
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Tried contacting Rheems direct with the model # your interested in and asking them?
In most cases I would not be asking a home store employee tech questions
 
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Old 10-21-17, 12:36 PM
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Some years back I read that manufacturers were no longer making propane/natural gas conversion kits for water heaters. Now you have to buy the heater for the specific fuel. There was a reason given but I don't remember why. One thing I have noticed is that propane fired heaters have cast iron burners whereas natural gas fired heaters have steel burners.

Do a Google using natural gas to propane conversion for water heater as the search terms for some interesting reading.
 
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I contacted Rheem through their Customer Service tab on the website. No reply yet. (imagine that...)
 
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Update:

After I gave Rheem the model number I was looking at, they provided me with the model number of the equivalent unit set up for propane. And I ordered that model from Home Depot. It's $79 dollars more, but if it gives me 20 years of service like the old one, I have no reason to complain.

 
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So.......why didn't the Home Depot guy tell you that??? This is not rocket science. I had no problem finding the propane water heaters on Home Depot's site.

https://www.homedepot.com/b/Plumbing...s/N-5yc1vZc9wd
 
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