Let's be realistic - your hot water heater is probably one of the last things on your mind. Most likely it has not been seen or talked about, in way too long. It is definitely an appliance that is usually installed and forgotten. That is, until the day comes when it rears its head and does not work up to its potential! NO HOT WATER - BBRRR. Hot water should not be something we take for granted. Today may be the day you decide to replace your water heater.
The GE50T12BLM is a 50 gallon electric water heater with two 5500 Watt elements that uses 240 Volt electricity. It has an electronic digital display control panel and electronic thermostat. It is 22" in diameter and is 62-1/4" high (63-3/4" to top of water inlet/outlet connections). Plus, this hot water heater has built-in WiFi which gives you the ability to set vacation schedules and adjust temperatures without having to go down into the basement. It can be accessed just as easily from your couch or Grand Canyon! The unit ships with a 120°F factory default temperature setting, it is adjustable from 100° - 140°.
The GE50T12BLM hot water heater has a First Hour Rating or First Hour Delivery of 78 gallons. Basically, the First Hour Rating means how much hot water the hot water heater can deliver in an hour of use, starting with a fully heated tank. It does not mean that the hot water will last for one hour. As the cold water enters the tank it is heated, the faster you use your hot water, the faster your water will become tepid and then cold. However, depending on your temperature set point and your household's water use you can calculate how much hot water you need during your busiest hour. As you use the water in the tank, it is continuously being replenished and heated.
The Energy Factor (EF) is used to determine the energy efficiency of the hot water heater. Recover efficiency, stand-by loss and cycling loss are all included in the energy factor. Typically, the higher the energy factor, the more efficient the water heater. Cost of fuel however, will have an impact on annual operating costs. The GE50T12BLM boasts a .93 Integrated Energy Factor.
An example of a 78 gallon peak demand might look like this:
- 3 showers (10 x 3 = 30 gallons)
- 2 baths (15 x 2 = 30 gallons)
- 1 meal prep (4 x 1 = 4 gallons)
- 2 hand dishwashing (4 x 2 = 8 gallons)
- 1 dishwasher run (6 x 1 = 6 gallons)
This household would probably want a hot water heater with a first hour rating of about 75 - 83 gallons.
Features of the GE GE50T12BLM electric water heater include:
- Built-in WiFi - Allows for easy temperature adjustments, schedule changes and settings as well as receiving notifications
- Holds a true 50 gallons of water (Compared to 50 gallon electric steel tank water heaters per DOE rated gallon capacity)
- Delivers 78 gallons of hot water in the first hour (Measured through DOE First Hour Rating)
- Provide hot water for the whole family of 3 to 5 persons
- Quick Recovery - Two 5500 W heating elements quickly increase water temperature for hot water when you need it
- Heating Elements - Ultra-durable stainless-steel heating elements resist rust and corrosion
- Anode Sensing - notifies you when your anode rode needs replacing - helps to extend the life of your hot water heater
- Inlet Tube - Replenishes water from the bottom of the tank to maximize hot water delivery
- Rust-proof Brass Drain Valve construction can be counted on to provide long-lasting service
- 12 year Tank and Parts Warranty
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Venting and Connection Requirements
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