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40-Gallon 38,000-Btu Essential Plus Natural Gas Tall Water Heater


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  • 0.58 Uniform Energy Factor based on Department of Energy requirements
  • More hot water at a lower operating cost
  • First hour rating of 52 gph
  • Recovery rate of 38.4 gph at a 90 deg rise in water temperature
  • $208 Estimated yearly cost of operation based on Department of Energy testing
  • Exclusive air/fuel shut-off device for double protection disables the heater in the presence of flammable vapor accumulation
  • Maintenance-free - no filter to clean
  • Premium grade anode rod provides long-lasting tank protection
  • EverKleen self-cleaning device fights harmful sediment build-up with high-velocity spiraling water stream
  • Easy to light, no matches required


The Richmond® Essential Plus® 40-gal Natural Gas Water Heater comes with a 2 years In Home Labor Warranty and has an energy efficient 38000 Btu burner featuring reduced emissions Low-NOx technology. This heater provides ample hot water for households with 2-3 people. Its tall profile gives this heater a smaller footprint and allows for easy installation when tank diameter is a factor. The heater also features an FVIR System, an exclusive air/fuel shutoff device that prevents ignition of flammable vapors should they be detected outside the unit. The air intake is designed to be completely maintenance free with no filters to clean or replace



BTU 38000
Capacity 40 gal
Color Dark Warm Gray
Efficiency 0.58
Emissions Ultra low NOX
Fuel Type Natural Gas
Height to Gas Connection (In) 14-1/4
Height to Water Connection (In) 60-1/4
Includes Factory Installed Temperature and Pressure Relief Valve
Inlet Connection Size 1/2 in
Maximum Water Temperature 160° F
Minimum Water Temperature 120° F
Outlet Connection Size 3/4 in
Profile Tall
Recovery Rate 35 gph
Vent Type Atmospheric
Water Connection Location Top
Water Connection Size 3/4 in


Diameter 19 in
Height 58-1/2 in
Weight 125 lb

Manufacturing Details
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Manufacturer Warranty 2 yr Labor, 9 yr Tank
Prop 65 Warning Warning WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information, go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.

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Certification, Codes, Standards NAECA

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