Kenmore 50 gal. 12-Year Natural Gas Water HeaterItem# 04233115000 | Model# 33115
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Specifications & Dimensions
|Dimensions and Capacity:|
|Height to Vent Hood (In.):||61|
|Required Vent Size:||3 in. or 4 in.|
|Tank Diameter (In.):||22|
|Tank Height (In.):||57.25|
|Tank Insulation Thickness:||2 in.|
|Capacity and Flow:_UP|
|First Hour Delivery (gal.):||88|
|Recovery at 90 Degree Rise (gph.):||40.9|
|Tank Capacity:||50 gal.|
|Altitude Rating (ft.):||10100|
|Heat Trap Fittings:||Yes|
|Heavy Duty Anode Rod:||Yes|
|Low NOx Burner:||No|
|Number of Anode Rods:||2|
|Tank Warranty:||12 year limited|
|ENERGY STAR Compliant:||No|
|Power and Performance:|
|Fuel Type:||Natural gas|
|Gas Input (btu/hr):||40000|
Ratings & Reviews
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The Kenmore 33115 50-gallon natural gas water heater is energy-efficient with foam insulation, and has a cobalt blue Ultra Coat™ glass-lined tank with a large anode rod to protect the tank from corrosion. It also includes the self-cleaning RotoSwirl cold water inlet tube which reduces and protects against mineral buildup in the tank.
A 50-gallon natural gas water heater is the minimum recommended size for a 5 or more person household with typical water use.
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- 1-year full warranty on tank, parts and labor
- 12-year limited warranty on tank and parts
- 2 inches of energy-efficient foam insulation
- Self-cleaning, RotoSwirl cold water inlet tube
- Cobalt Blue, ultra-Coat, glass-lined tank with dual anode rods for corrosion protection
- Factory-installed temperature and pressure relief valve
Added on April 15, 2011
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Most Helpful Reviews
I purchased and had installed on 6/14/12. It is 7/30/12 and the pilot will not stay lit and subsequently I have no hot water. I called to schedule service and the earliest available is 3 weeks! I asked to speak with a supervisor, answer....no. I called back and tried again. They said I could speak to a supervisor this time, but please hold. I was on hold for 10 minutes, and then I heard the dreaded sound like I left the phone off of the hook. They disconnected. Must I say more? Sears is aweful
Downers Grove, IL
Does what a water heater is supposed to do - heats water well. A couple of negatives: 1) The thermostat setting is truly approximate. "HOT" is supposed to be 125 degrees but typically hits 140 degrees. "LOW" is perhaps 110 Degrees and really spoils the recovery time. Set to "HOT" and you'll be OK. 2) This is probably the noisiest water heater we've owned. The burner is LOUD. That said, it provides plenty of hot water and the electronic control cycles the burner on and off more frequently so the temperature is generally more constant than with older heaters. All in all a good unit.
Clinton Township, MI
Easy to install.Would like to know how red led light flashes without electricity or flame on-interesting.Great product and is working out well for the whole household.
Mc Lean, VA
The first unit we got was damaged, not the stores fault because the box and packaging was in perfect condition. No problem switching. The problem is that 30 days later, we can barely get a full 3 minute shower in moderately warm water. We're trying to get Sears to give us a replacement. If they do, and it works 30 days later we'll pull the negative response - until then - this hot water should be renamed 'barely warm for 3 minute water heater.
We just purchased this water heater early this week from Sears, let their home team install it....so far so good. We can really tell the difference from our old 13 year old Bradford White unit that only had a 6 year warranty. The water is hot fast where we used to wait atleast a min. or two before you could feel it!! Now we have the peace of mind for 12 more years!!!
Michigan City, IN
We were on borrowed time for a new water heater. A Kenmore Water Heater was our number one choice. We ordered online, received a confirmation email, a second email when our order was ready for pickup, and picked it up at our local Sears store. The transition was easy to place the order and for pickup at the store. My husband did a great job installing the hot water heater. We always depend on Sears for great products.
This is our third 50 Gal Kenmore gas hot water heater and best design yet. Our old one was past the 12 year warranty and had not failed but the pilot light occasionally went out and we had to push up the temperature **** to get the same hot water as when newer. Our first one lasted 15 years before leaking, which we wanted to avoid this time. The new unit is about 2 inches wider due to even better insulation than the previous one. In the future we will not have to crawl around on the floor to light the pilot, because this one has a nifty igniter - and no electrical connection was needed. A red LED indicates operational status - much better than peering behind the old model's front grill, which is gone. The combustion chamber is a new design, closed at the side and with a mesh grill around the water heater's base to supply air and keep out dust [and I presume help keep in heat]. Very nice. Installation by Sears contractor was very professional, from our first call to hot water. Neat and careful and painless, too. Sears should talk to the manufacturer about better packing. The new water heater has a small dent [flat spot about 6" wide] in the top leading edge which looks like an injury caused in forklifting or transit. [I did not complain at installation thinking it was NOT the installer's fault and merely cosmetic, so hopefully I made the right decision.] Except for this I would have given it 5 stars. We have lots of hot water and are very happy with our purchase. Thanks Kenmore!
A couple of things to consider. Water heaters have gotten better with higher capacity, smaller footprint and improved energy efficiency. This means even if you buy the "exact same unit" that you are replacing - some things will not be the same. For example, natural gas/propane inlet may be higher or lower than your old water heater. Water inlet and outlet ports may be male instead of female - meaning you will need to buy two unions (usually 3/4 inch galvanized). The newer units are wider (22 inches) than the older units and tend to be shorter - so watch your clearances carefully. New units have non-metal inserts in the inlet and outlet ports that you LEAVE IN PLACE, your fittings will go around them if they are threaded couplings. If you are sweat fitting, sweat the piece before you attach it to the coupling with the non-metal component. Finally, strip off all the hardware on your old unit, couplings, pipes and overflow before you let it out the door as you won't know what you may or may not need until you get the unit in place. Very good unit. Comes to heat capacity within 1 hour of start up. All in price without installation $792 includes tax and removal of old unit.