Review of Rheem 42VR40-40F

More hot water at less cost

Rheem 42VR40-40F High Efficiency Natural Gas Water Heater, 40 Gallon
Rating:(4.7 out of 5 stars)

Type of HeaterGas Tank
Size / Capacity40 Gallon
Dimensions21 x 21 x 60 inches

Rheem 42VR40-40F

With the rising cost of utility bills, value-for-money is top of mind among consumers when choosing appliances for the home. And the Rheem 42VR40-40F Natural Gas Water Heater fits the bill perfectly. This 40 gallon High Efficiency water heater packs a punch, offering affordability with ease-of-use, reduced operating costs, high safety standards, and environment-friendly features.

Review Details

As expected from Rheem, this easy-to-install water heater has superior construction and reliability. It is larger than most, measuring 59.75”(H) x 21”(W) x 21”(D), which means that it offers more insulation. And just like other models in the Fury Gas Series, it has the Guardian System that shuts down the water heater automatically if it detects flammable vapors. An eco-friendly burner that emits low levels of NOx, this particular model is high altitude compliant up to 10,200 feet above sea level.

Although natural gas water heaters like the 42VR40-40F cost more to buy compared to other types of water heaters, consumers save more money in utility bills over time. Moreover, they will not be hassled with cleaning filters or finding parts because it is maintenance-free (i.e., no filters to clean) and replacements for standard parts are readily available.

Prospective buyers can also be assured that the tank will last for quite a long time. Its exclusive Rheemglas® porcelain enamel tank lining and the patented magnesium anode rod protect the tank against rust.
Plus, the manufacturer offers 6-year limited warranty on tank and parts.

The good

Compared to other models in the same price range, the 40 Gallon Rheem 42VR40-40F High Efficiency Natural Gas Water Heater offers more benefits:

  • Energy efficient
    The Rheem 42VR40-40F provides more hot water even on low setting.
  • Increased safety
    Its exclusive air shut-off device shuts off air and gas supplies for double protection.
  • Reduced fuel costs
    The patented EverKleen system prevents sediment from building up and improves operating efficiency.
  • Easy to light
    This high efficiency gas heater ignites quickly and requires no matches.

The not so good

On the downside, it has the following flaws:

  • The built-in heat trap causes the water pipes to rattle
    While the noise is minimal, it can be a nuisance to those highly sensitive to noise.
  • It is not Energy Star certified

Our Verdict

If you are looking for a 40 gallon water heater for your home, we highly recommend Rheem’s 42VR40-40F High Efficiency Natural Gas Water Heater. Beyond meeting environmental and safety standards, it has YOU in mind. You get more out of every dollar spent on the unit and enjoy significant savings in your monthly utility bills. And that’s on top of worry-free maintenance afterwards.
A word of advice: be sure to inspect the unit upon delivery. While the unit is very sturdy, it dents easily during transport. Although the dents do not affect the unit’s performance, it’s best to get the unit in tip-top shape.

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