Things To Avoid When Installing Rheem Water Heater

In this video, we discuss the auto shut-off feature with Rheem water heater. This safety switch is designed to protect the homeowner by shutting off the water to the unit if it senses a water leak at the base. For this customer, water was making its way to the bottom of the unit, when there was not a leak with the heater.

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Watch our Video and You’ll Learn: 

  • What Is Rheem Water Heater?
  • How To Install Rheem Water Heater Like A Boss.
  • What To Avoid When Installing This Type Of Water Heater.


Enjoy this transcript below!

Adam: Hey, this is Adam at Champion Plumbing here out in Blaine, Minnesota. We’re looking at a water heater that keeps triggering, an electric water heater here, that keeps triggering and shutting off because of the saturated concrete here.

It is not a leak in the water heater, but we’ve had nicer weather here in Minnesota the last few days, and it’s coming through his concrete or up the drain hole here for a shower that will be there eventually.

It’s now causing problems with his brand new water heater. So what we’re going to do today here, is we are going to take this one out, get a new water heater here. We’re going to put it in a metal pan, so it can be up away from the concrete and not trigger anymore. We’ll get back to you here shortly with the new installation.

Hey, this is Adam at Champion here, giving a little update. So we do have some water on the ground here. Did some more digging around here in the basement, took off the cap to the sump pump to make sure that the hole wasn’t full of water without the sump pump being in there yet. It’s a newer house here and they don’t have one yet. It was bone dry in there, so we’re good there. They still should probably get one down the road here.

Looked at the softener here and found that whoever installed it decided that putting the discharge line teed into the drain line, was a good idea. This is not a good idea. They should both be on their own line to the floor drain over there. So what happened, it looks like somehow this backed up here then, past the T, and every time it recharged it essentially came back up and filled their tank with water and therefore leaked out the back, causing problems. You can see the corrosion back here somewhere.

There it is. Not only that, it probably slid out here a little a bit.

So yeah, we’re going to give them a bid to take care of that problem. And hopefully, that will fix the issue they’re having with the damp concrete.

Hey, this Adam at Champion Plumbing here again. We have the water heater all installed here now, ready to go. This customer should have hot water here within the hour. Again, they were having trouble with the water sensor down here. The new marine water heaters have a sensor all the way around the heater that will trigger if there’s any water on the floor, which is a nice feature.

But if you have a damp floor from something else, it can kind of be a nuisance. We took care of that by putting it in a pan here. So now if there’s any other issues that we have found, which we did with the water softener, that will not trigger this anymore. So this water heater is up and running now, ready to go, and they should have hot water.

If you have any water heater issues or plumbing issues in general, you can give us a call at 651-365-1340, that’s Champion Plumbing.




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