50 Gallon - 76,000 BTU Vertex Power-Vent Residential Gas Water Heater Zoom

50 Gallon - 76,000 BTU Vertex Power-Vent Residential Gas Water Heater

SKU:GPHE-50

Brand: AO Smith

AO Smith
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$1,637.95
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$3,199.90 / box (2 units x $1,599.95)
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Specs

Intended Household: 3-4 Person
Application: Plumbing
Fuel Type: Natural Gas
Capacity (Gallons): 50
BTU Input: 76000
Efficiency:
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90%
Vent Size: 2"
Venting: Power Vent
Vent Type: PVC
Water Connection: 3/4"
Height (Inches): 70.625
Depth (Inches): 27"
Diameter (Inches): 22"
Energy Star Rated: No
Weight (lbs): 210 lbs
1st Hour Delivery (Gallons): 127
Recovery 90°F Rise: 92 GPH
Voltage:
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120v
Max Pressure (PSI): 150
Warranty: 6 yr Tank/6 yr Parts Limited

Description for AO Smith GPHE-50

The more hot water you need, the more you need a Vertex water heater!

Through an inspired blend of innovation, efficiency, and years of industry expertise, the Vertex power-vent gas water heater takes high-demand homes to the pinnacle of hot water availability. With its fully-condensing design, Vertex delivers "continuous hot water" - shower after shower, hour after hour, with 90% thermal efficiency. Plus, it's easy to install, with dimensions and installation requirements comparable to standard power-vent units.

Features:

  • Power-vent
  • Continuous hot water means homeowners will always get "one more hot shower"
  • Hot water output similar to larger, less efficient conventional 75-gallon models
  • 90% thermal efficiency
  • Sidewall and vertical vent options
  • Includes side taps for simple installation in combined appliance applications
  • Vents with PVC
  • DynaClean Inlet tube
  • Complies with SCAQMD Rule 1121 and other air quality management districts with similar requirements
  • 6-year parts limited manufacturer warranty

PLEASE NOTE: The product weighs 210 lbs. and may require the use of a
lift gate.
If you do require a lift gate at your delivery, you'll have the option to add this FREE of charge when you checkout.

50 Gallon - 76,000 BTU Vertex Power-Vent Residential Gas Water Heater

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4.3

(based on 43 reviews)

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    (31)

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83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Complicated Retrofit - Great Product

I converted two 40 gallon traditional water heaters into one 50 gallon Vertex for my home.

I personally had a complicated installation because i had to reroute copper cold supply and hot...Read complete review

I converted two 40 gallon traditional water heaters into one 50 gallon Vertex for my home.

I personally had a complicated installation because i had to reroute copper cold supply and hot return lines in the wall, reroute existing AC condensation line, add an electrical outlet, new drywall, new copper outside the wall for connection, reroute home electrical ground to cold pipe, reroute new exhaust into existing roof vent, and add overflow drain to garage floor.

My installation was not DIY friendly but my existing situation was not desirable either. Once complete it seems to work very well and I haven't ran out of hot water yet.

One bonus was this unit came with the exhaust Vent Attenuation Assembly Kit (vent muffler basically). I didn't see this item mentioned anywhere on the website but i'm glad it came with one. The unit is behind our living room wall and I can hear when the blower turns on. The noise is a small hum but nothing i have to turn up TV over.

Time will tell if this unit lasts but so far so good.

Quick note for connection sizes/types not listed:
1) Cold Supply Inlet: 3/4" Male NPT, comes with nipple installed
2) Hot Return Outlet: 3/4" Male NPT, comes with nipple installed
3) TPR Valve: 3/4" Female NPT
4) Condensate Drain: 1/2" Female PVC Slip
5) Gas Supply Inlet: 1/2" NPT
6) Vent and Muffler: 2" PVC Connection

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Unit making popping noises

We are a large family of 7 and purchased this unit because of it's efficiency and rapid heating ability. We have been extremely happy with it's heating performance and have not run out of...Read complete review

We are a large family of 7 and purchased this unit because of it's efficiency and rapid heating ability. We have been extremely happy with it's heating performance and have not run out of hot water yet. There is one issue though that causes me to downgrade the product. Around 13 months after installation, the unit started making loud popping noises. Our plumber said that it was due to sediment and to drain the tank. We followed the instruction manual and drained the tank, which took care of the problem for about 5 months. The popping sound has returned, but draining the tank does not correct the problem. When we called AO Smith, they sent us a new blower, but that did not correct the problem. AO Smith then scheduled a service call (which was supposed to be $60 and ended up costing us $147). The technician said the same thing, "you have sediment in the tank and it needs to be drained." We had just drained the tank twice and it did not correct the problem. So he drained it again, and it did not correct the problem. The technician also tested the water and the hardness was "normal" (so no extra-ordinary sediment should be in the tank). At this point, we are filing a claim with the warrantly department to get a new tank. This tank is only 20 months old. The verdict is still out on whether or not I would recommend this product. At this point, it depends on how well their warranty dept. fixes this problem.

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4.0

I would buy this item again

By A

from Madison, Wi

Verified Buyer

Comments about 50 Gallon - 76,000 BTU Vertex Power-Vent Residential Gas Water Heater:

I bought this water heater and love it, I would've gave 5 stars, but shipping destroyed one of my heaters and had to wait again for new shipping. However, Supply House got right on it and had a new item sent right away to minimize the wait!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

great water heater

By Mike the handyman

from Chicago, IL

Verified Buyer

Comments about 50 Gallon - 76,000 BTU Vertex Power-Vent Residential Gas Water Heater:

High efficiency, easy to install and operate, plenty of hot water, and a great price.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Complicated Retrofit - Great Product

By James

from Arlington, TX

Verified Buyer

Comments about 50 Gallon - 76,000 BTU Vertex Power-Vent Residential Gas Water Heater:

I converted two 40 gallon traditional water heaters into one 50 gallon Vertex for my home.

I personally had a complicated installation because i had to reroute copper cold supply and hot return lines in the wall, reroute existing AC condensation line, add an electrical outlet, new drywall, new copper outside the wall for connection, reroute home electrical ground to cold pipe, reroute new exhaust into existing roof vent, and add overflow drain to garage floor.

My installation was not DIY friendly but my existing situation was not desirable either. Once complete it seems to work very well and I haven't ran out of hot water yet.

One bonus was this unit came with the exhaust Vent Attenuation Assembly Kit (vent muffler basically). I didn't see this item mentioned anywhere on the website but i'm glad it came with one. The unit is behind our living room wall and I can hear when the blower turns on. The noise is a small hum but nothing i have to turn up TV over.

Time will tell if this unit lasts but so far so good.

Quick note for connection sizes/types not listed:
1) Cold Supply Inlet: 3/4" Male NPT, comes with nipple installed
2) Hot Return Outlet: 3/4" Male NPT, comes with nipple installed
3) TPR Valve: 3/4" Female NPT
4) Condensate Drain: 1/2" Female PVC Slip
5) Gas Supply Inlet: 1/2" NPT
6) Vent and Muffler: 2" PVC Connection

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Not impressed

By Contractor Rick

from Bay area, CA

Verified Buyer

Comments about 50 Gallon - 76,000 BTU Vertex Power-Vent Residential Gas Water Heater:

Unit was shipped promptly and arrived in perfect condition. It died 5 days after instillation. AO Smiths technical support was helpful in figuring out that the blower had gone bad, and said they'ed send me a replacement blower, but I had to pay the shipping. I'm not happy having to pay to get replacement parts for a brand new defective water heater. I'll be buying another brand from now on.

 
5.0

Great Heater, plenty of hot water

By Bobr

from Harrisburg, PA

Verified Buyer

Comments about 50 Gallon - 76,000 BTU Vertex Power-Vent Residential Gas Water Heater:

Good instructions, easy start-up, super efficient. Quiet operation using the included attenuator.

 
5.0

Extremely Efficient

By KJP

from Somerset, NJ

Verified Buyer

Comments about 50 Gallon - 76,000 BTU Vertex Power-Vent Residential Gas Water Heater:

Used for residential hot-water only.
Easy to install.
Very Efficient and fast recharge time.
Condensate return line is a must, taking a shower will cause a good amount of water to drain from system.
Is quieter than previous power vent model.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Popping and Clanking

By Wild Frank

from Wilmette, IL

Verified Reviewer

Comments about 50 Gallon - 76,000 BTU Vertex Power-Vent Residential Gas Water Heater:

I installed an AO Smith GPHE 50 100 Vertex unit in our home 3 years ago. Over the past year it has become a real noise maker----clanking and popping every time it fires-up. I regularly flush the system with no resultant reduction in the popping and clanking. We get our water from Lake Michigan via our village--nothing unusual about our water. It really sounds as if some of the internals are loose. The sound just rattles through the house and is very annoying. It is one thing to get used to the jet engine blower sound, but the rattle and popping is unacceptable.

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

mine rusted out in 3 years

By Grant the Architect

from Portland OR

Verified Reviewer

Comments about 50 Gallon - 76,000 BTU Vertex Power-Vent Residential Gas Water Heater:

I do not recommend buying this water heater. I bought mine for a new home in 2010. three years later it is leaking and needed replacement. The very knowledgeable repair tech who I had to pay to remove and re-install the new unit mentioned several areas where the AO Smith engineers downgraded this or that material, design etc. to save a few cents here and there. Not worth the high price, I expected better quality.

 
5.0

Big, efficient, and simple install

By Wardogzzz

from Tacoma, WA

Verified Buyer

Comments about 50 Gallon - 76,000 BTU Vertex Power-Vent Residential Gas Water Heater:

This water heater is not your typical water heater. If you wanted to use this as a whole home boiler you could. Yet when you take it step by step it is fairly straightforward. It will take a day getting all the parts and a full day to do the actual install.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I LIke It!

By Vipergeek

from Fort Worth, TX

Verified Reviewer

Comments about 50 Gallon - 76,000 BTU Vertex Power-Vent Residential Gas Water Heater:

This is a follow-up to my 1/8/2013 review. By the way, I am a buyer and PEX Supply was a pleasure to work with. I installed the replacement unit mentioned in my original review and it has been doing a great job of supplying the entire house (2.5 baths, laundry and kitchen) since August. I installed a water re-circulating system that uses the cold water lines as the return lines. The pump is on a timer and that has been working well. My longest run is over 100 feet to a bathroom and I get hot water in the shower there within 15 seconds of opening the tap. I used 3/4 inch Pex pipe purchased here to get there from my garage. This was my first experience using Pex pipe and fittings and it was great! I used the crimper and stainless clamps bought here and they were easy to use as long as you had a stable footing and a good angle to put the pressure to the crimper. I didn't have a convenient drain to handle the condensate, and there's about 3-4 gallons a week for just the two of us. I fabricated a header catch tank using 4 inch PVC pipe next to the water heater and ran a pipe through my exterior garage wall and drained it into an above ground french drain behind a planter so it is actually watering my plants. I used a p-trap (inside) on the outside pipe to keep critters at bay. If I was building a house I'd use Pex for everything and I'd use PEX Supply as my source. They were prompt, courteous and efficient.

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  • 50 Gallon - 76,000 BTU Vertex Power-Vent Residential Gas Water Heater

    Q:

    what about propane for this model?
    Asked on 6/27/2016 by Marv from Shelton, Wa

    1 answer

    • CUSTOMER CARE

      A:

      That model is not available for propane.

      Answered on 6/30/2016 by Supplyhouse Staff from New York
  • 50 Gallon - 76,000 BTU Vertex Power-Vent Residential Gas Water Heater

    Q:

    For power vent models, is it possible to vent into a chimney stack without running a new vent pipe all the way to the end of the chimney? Our current water heater just connects directly into the chimney stack and has a dedicated run for exhaust (no internal piping).
    Asked on 6/16/2012 by bk from cincinnati, Oh

    3 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I think there is too much water in the exhaust gases from the power vent to
      put in a regular chimney.

      Answered on 6/16/2012 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      It would seem logical to follow the same path. You will have additional
      moisture in the chimney. The Vertex has a cutout switch that compares the
      atmospheric pressure at the unit to the back pressure in the stack. Since
      the chimney is much larger than the 2" pipe off the unit, there should be no
      cumulative back pressure to speek of. If anything else shares the same flu,
      then all bets are off. If you are at high altitude, then you may still need
      the high altitude switch in the Vertex.
      Sent from my Verizon Wireless Phone

      Answered on 6/16/2012 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I suspect you COUlD vent it to a chimney, but you should check with your local county office for regulations. This particular heater has a LOT of moisture in the exhaust also, so there will likely be some condensation. Will water dripping down your chimney be a problem? If so, you may want to exhaust outside.
      Sent via BlackBerry by AT&T

      Answered on 6/17/2012 by Anonymous
  • 50 Gallon - 76,000 BTU Vertex Power-Vent Residential Gas Water Heater

    Q:

    My Vertex Power Vent A-O Smith water heater has a continously runnign blower and I am not getting any hot water. What happened and how should I fix it?
    Asked on 4/10/2012 by Jose The Electric Electrician from Chicago, IL

    2 answers

    • CUSTOMER CARE

      A:

      You may want to note any error codes displayed on the unit and refer to them on pages 35 and 36 of the manual linked below. Problems with the pressure switch can cause the blower to run continuously.

      http://s3.pexsupply.com/manuals/1329168611501/71279_PROD_FILE.pdf

      Answered on 4/11/2012 by PexSupply Staff from NY
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I had the same problem and had to replace the whole blower. As I recall
      it was a bad safty switch within the blower housing
      Ben Scurfield
      Scurfield Solar
      www.scurfieldsolar.com

      Answered on 4/13/2012 by Another PexSupply Customer
  • 50 Gallon - 76,000 BTU Vertex Power-Vent Residential Gas Water Heater

    Q:

    Hi Does this unit qualify for the NJ clean energy program rebate? It states..."Gas Water Heater with 90% or greater thermal efficiency with sealed combustion" I know it's 90% efficient but is it also a sealed combustion system?
    Asked on 2/23/2012 by John from NJ

    1 answer

    • CUSTOMER CARE

      A:

      "Sealed combustion" generally refers to direct vent units. The GDHE-50 is the direct vent version of the Vertex. You may want to check with the state or utility company, however, regarding their specific definition.

      Answered on 2/24/2012 by PexSupply Staff from NY
  • 50 Gallon - 76,000 BTU Vertex Power-Vent Residential Gas Water Heater

    Q:

    I would like to purchase this type of water heater however they are very tall. Do they make a short version?
    Asked on 1/20/2012 by Anonymous

    2 answers

    • CUSTOMER CARE

      A:

      No, unfortunately they do not make a short version as of yet.

      Answered on 1/20/2012 by PexSupply Staff from NY
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Check the specs Mine fits UNDER the heating duck work.No taller than my last 50 gal. Sears water heater. oa smith also offers alot of other types of heaters check out web site!

      Answered on 2/13/2012 by Luch from Grove City, PA
  • 50 Gallon - 76,000 BTU Vertex Power-Vent Residential Gas Water Heater

    Q:

    does this heater have to have a 2 pipe vent system or can you just vent flue gas and draw combustion air from in the house
    Asked on 11/18/2011 by aaron from clear lake, mn

    1 answer

    • CUSTOMER CARE

      A:

      You can vent flue gas and draw combustion air from in the house with this unit.

      Answered on 11/23/2011 by PexSupply Staff from NY
  • 50 Gallon - 76,000 BTU Vertex Power-Vent Residential Gas Water Heater

    Q:

    Are there any other options other than a drain for the condensate line, like a bucket perhapse? I want to put this unit in the basement of my 50yo house and there are no floor drains.
    Asked on 10/5/2011 by Drained out from Tullahoma, TN

    2 answers

    • A:

      No, without a drain, you cannot use this heater. Your other option is to build a sump pit and pump the water to a drain line.

      Answered on 10/19/2011 by bri from wi from appleton, wi
    • CUSTOMER CARE

      A:

      We would recommend that you use a condensate pump.

      Answered on 10/13/2011 by PexSupply Staff from NY
  • 50 Gallon - 76,000 BTU Vertex Power-Vent Residential Gas Water Heater

    Q:

    how often do the anode rods need to be changed?
    Asked on 9/25/2011 by Anonymous

    1 answer

    • CUSTOMER CARE

      A:

      It is recommended to change them every 2-3 years.

      Answered on 9/27/2011 by PexSupply Staff from NY
  • 50 Gallon - 76,000 BTU Vertex Power-Vent Residential Gas Water Heater

    Q:

    If I use this unit for just radiant heating would I use the side connections only? What would I do with water connectors on the top. Thanks.
    Asked on 9/21/2011 by Anonymous

    1 answer

    • CUSTOMER CARE

      A:

      You can use the side connections if you want to. You would cap off the other connections.

      Answered on 9/23/2011 by PexSupply Staff from NY
  • 50 Gallon - 76,000 BTU Vertex Power-Vent Residential Gas Water Heater

    Q:

    I have a 75 gal heater now and is 24 years old,and I was thinking it`s time for an upgrade. I also have my basement base board heating on the same water heater off a pump. My plumber said the GPHE-50 can handel both because there is a hook up at the bottom. Is he correct? Also I an on a well system, do I need to concider any additional add-on with the GPHE-50
    Asked on 9/17/2011 by Anonymous from Naperville, Illinois

    1 answer

    • CUSTOMER CARE

      A:

      The hook up for this unit is on the side. We would recommend installing strainers in the system.

      Answered on 9/21/2011 by PexSupply Staff from NY
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