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Kenmore  80 gal. Tall 12-Year Electric Water Heater

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Reg Price: $679.99
Savings: $117.53
$562.46
Reg Price: $679.99
Savings: $117.53
$562.46
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Specifications & Dimensions

Dimensions and Capacity:
Tank Capacity: 80 gal.
Tank Diameter (In.): 26
Tank Height (In.): 62
Tank Insulation Thickness: 3 in.
General Features:
Altitude Rating (ft.): N/A
Control Type: Electromechanical
Heavy Duty Anode Rod: Yes
Number of Anode Rods: 2
Number of Heating Elements: 2
Power Cord Included: No
Tank Lining: Glass
Tank Style: Tall
Total Connected Load: 15.83/22.91
Unit Location: Indoor
Warranty:
Parts Warranty: 12 year limited
Tank Warranty: 12 year limited
Certifications:
ENERGY STAR Compliant: No
Power and Performance:
First Hour Delivery (gal.): 78
Fuel Type: Electric
Kilowatt Hrs. per Year: 4622
Minimum Circuit Rating: 20 amps
Recovery at 90 Degree Rise (gph.): 25
Voltage: 220/240V

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Kenmore — trusted in the homes of more than 100 million Americans.

Order by noon and get it installed TODAY! Call 1-800-549-7853.

Three inches of foam insulation and a long-life baked enamel exterior finish contribute to the efficiency of the Kenmore 32184 80-gallon electric water heater. Designed for durability and efficiency, this Kenmore electric water heater has Super Lineguard™ elements for superior resistance to lime buildup, Everlast Pexan™ polymer dip tube, and a glass-lined steel electric water heater with two large anode rods for superior electric water heater protection.

A 80-gallon electric water heater is the minimum recommended size for a 5-or-more person household with typical water use.

  • 3 inches of energy-efficient foam insulation (R value 24.0) prevents heat loss
  • The tank and parts have a 12-year limited warranty; labor has a 1-year warranty
  • Cobalt Blue Ultra Coat™ glass-lined tank with two large anodes maximizes tank life by protecting against corrosion
  • Super Lineguard™ element lasts longer and has superior resistance to lime buildup
  • RotoSwirl™ self-cleaning cold-water inlet tube swirls water to prolong tank life and maintain energy efficiency by discouraging lime buildup
  • Temperature and pressure (T&P) safety relief valve is factory installed
  • DualWatt™ lower element easily converts from 3800 watt to 5500 watt to accommodate different wiring

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Added on March 12, 2012

 

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12 Reviewers (60.0%) would recommend this to a friend.
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hjr01534
Feb 18 , 2009
Very happy with it
I bought this water heater nearly 2 years ago, and it has been a great performer. It replaced a 20-year old Vaughn of the same size. The WH is on a separate meter, so I know exactly how much power it uses, and the new one uses about 20% less power than the old one! The electricity savings, about $6 a month, will actually pay for this water heater in about 8 years! My ONLY complaint is that Sears does not deliver water heaters. I can't quite figure out why... the truck is coming to my town anyway; presumably there is space on it; the water heaters come from the same warehouse as the other appliances; why not deliver it and make 60 bucks???
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Precious7070
Aug 15 , 2009

We had this water heater installed when we bought our house 4 years ago and have had no problems untill now.

We had this water heater installed when we bought our house 4 years ago and have had no problems untill now.  Unfortunatly the heating element went out, when i went to buy a replacement i found i couldnt buy one. So i called around in all the surrounding areas and sears stores, again with no luck. No sears store carries a replacement element.  I also sopke with 3 service companies who stated to me that the replacement elements (off brand) would not work in the kenmore brand.  I found the only way to get a replacement element was to go online or call the sears parts and service department.  And unfortunatly it will now take 4 days for it to be shipped to me.  This means no showers or baths and no hot water for 4 days.  I have 2 kids of my own and run a daycare out of my home this is a HUGE inconvience for me.  As a sugestion to Sears and Kenmore please make these elements available in your stores in the future.  This is something that needs to be replaced quickly when it goes out.  And should be readily available.

 

Hpwall

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Aug 12 , 2014
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10 years

10 years not a problem of course they have jazzed the model up but mine is the same. Here is a hint, put a timer on you HWH. Ours goes off at 10 PM and comes back on at 4 30 Am. Goes off at noon and comes back on at 5 PM. This probably extends life of HWH several years and should save power.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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rickerwill

Sparks, NV

Feb 12 , 2014
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Second one failed, too!

Installed to replace old, leaky heater. It never produced more than about 15 gallons (4-minute shower) of 125? water. Five warranty service calls later, Sears agreed to replace it. Second one had same disappointing symptoms! After 6 weeks of struggle, they have agreed to pick it up and refund my money. Of course, I shall now have to pay for yet a THIRD install and have lived all this time with minimal hot water. Seriously flawed design!


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Helpful7

Reading, PA

Jul 30 , 2012
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Kenmore 80 gal. Electric Water Heater Works Well

I had this same water heater for many years when the tank failed after more than 10 years of service.  I did have to replace the bottom element a couple of times due to mineral deposit collection.  After the tank failed, I replaced it with another name brand that only lasted 5 years before the tank leaked.  I went back to the Kenmore water heater which provided us good service and a good value.  I recommend this water heater. 

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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rvm92

Hamden, CT

Feb 3 , 2012
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no where near 80 gals of hot water

Purchased thinking it was the best available......when hot water ran out after 1 5 minute shower,called for service.......serviceman ststed that the heater could be run at 110vac or 220vac,and that heater was set for 110vac......I later found this to be a lie as it is only able torun at 220vac.........sometimes the hot water lasts for 10 minutes before getting cold,but not very often.will let it sit for 2 hours before it will provide 1 more shower.......very disappointed with Sears/Kenmore.......never again!!!!


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pellmellus

Exton, PA

Jan 31 , 2012
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1 year in, good so far.

I installed this water heater myself using crimp style connections on year ago.  The old 20 year old heater (still working when I replaced) was soldered, I simply cut the old connections and used the old wiring as well.  Overall, an easy install.  Heater gives you the option to only connect two of the three electrical connections  to save on energy use, but I found that you need to run at full 240V for effective recovery.   So far the heater is working fine.  Hopefully it will last at least 12 years total. 

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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PELAW

Charlottesville, VA

Dec 15 , 2011
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Not energy efficient and not 80 gallons of hot water

This is without a doubt the worst house utility purchase I have ever made.  Our old 50 gallon propane water heater gave up the ghost about 2 years ago.  We have an 80 gallon jacuzzi which we could never fill with hot water from the old water heater.  For that reason and because propane costs had risen so much, we decided to add 230V electrical wiring and buy this water heater from Sears.  We had the electrician put in the jumper that permits fast hot water recovery.  First, my guess is that the energy efficiency rating for this water heater probably comes only when set at the lowest 120 degree setting which is barely luke warm.  Second, we get nowhere near a full jacuzzi tub full of hot water even after turning the two thermostats in this thing to 150 degrees and waiting an hour to make sure it is heating properly.  The initial investment in the electrical and cost of this hot water heater is the only reason that we haven't thrown it away.  When it breaks, it's gone and we go back to propane - maybe with a Rennai heater altho that requires a larger diameter gas line (buyer beware).  I would never recommend this water heater


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judyd2

South Bend, IN

Nov 1 , 2011
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kenmore 80 gal water electric heater

We replaced an 80 gal 20 year old Sears hot water heater with this new 80 gal. We are not happy with it!! We have plenty of hot water but this unit comes with an Anode rod and that causes smelly hot water. Repair man has replaced the anode rod once and the smell went away for aprox 3 weeks and they won't replace the anode rod again, they have also ran blech through the unit and then all of the water smells like bleach for aprox 3 to 4 weeks and then the smelly (rotten egg smell) comes back. Ugh!!


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JasonMartin

Magnolia, OH

Feb 2 , 2011
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The Kenmore 80 gal. electric water heater has easy installation.

This water heater was easy to install. I previously had a 40 gal. water heater for a household of 9 people, including 2 teenage girls. Needless to say we needed a larger hot water tank. We found the Kenmore to have a better price and better warranty than the 2 other brands we looked into. I've never installed a water heater and I'm nowhere close to being a plumber or electrician. However, with the owners manual in hand and a bag full of tools I was ready for the task. With a little preparation beforehand, the entire process only took about 1 hour 45 minutes and within 2 hours from that we had hot water. The manual was very helpful and easy to understand, it had everything I needed. The water heater has been in for 2 weeks now and my wife and teenage girls think I'm a ROCKSTAR!!! No more fighting to be first in the shower in order to get the hot water. Now I have a new peace throughout the house. Isn't it amazing what a simple little thing like hot water can do? I only had 1 problem with this experience. The first water heater I received was damaged on the top and I had to take it back to the store. However, I was given a new water heater with no questions asked and an apology for the inconveinience. I guess even the bad experience was a good one in the end.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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kirkjudy

Shelley, ID

Jan 19 , 2011
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Good water heater

It was easy to install. Plenty of hot water. Just recently installed so will know more later on.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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ChuckDebby

Ellicott City, MD

Dec 28 , 2009
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Get the extended warrenty

Installed in May of 2009, now NO hot water...WHY? The heating unit has failed after only 7 months of use. There is something just not right. This is my second unit. The first lasted 8 years and the leaked from the bottom. The unit was replaced free but coat me $80.00 the have someone to verify the unit was leaking and another $480.00 to have it installed. We went 8 days before the entire process was completed.Together the cost was more that the cost of the entire unit. It seems that this is just another way to get more money out of the customers, one way or another. 

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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