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Rheem announces new Rheem 12, Rheem Metro 16 and Rheem 20 Continuous Flow
01 January 2018

Rheem has launched its new Rheem 12, Rheem Metro 16 and Rheem 20 Continuous Flow gas water heaters. The new products combine a range of features and benefits that will appeal to both installers and householders.

“Following in the steps of the Rheem Metro 26, this new range sets a new benchmark in continuous flow gas hot water,” says John Wilkins, Rheem Australia Product Marketing Manager. “With this launch, we now have one platform with the same sleek new look, smooth lines and dimensions for 12 - 26L models, as well as the Rheem 27L for larger capacity needs - and this model has moved to the new designer colour to match the new look of these other water heaters.”

The 6 Star Rheem 12 - 26L models have been created with water and energy saving at the forefront – most notably the improved hot water delivery at cold start up. “This is a marked improvement while still reinforcing the water saving benefits of the new system,” adds John.

Like the Rheem Metro 26, these new-look continuous flow models come in a modern, designer colour and feature concealed screws; they are also very compact, making them ideal for installation in small spaces. In addition, the standard Rheem 12 and Rheem Metro 16 Natural Gas models are compatible with Rheem Flue diverters, which ensures even greater flexibility in installation.

Another key feature for the new models is the LED status monitor, which shows the set temperature when in operation, in addition to error codes should a fault occur.

The new Rheem 12, 20 and Metro 16 are available now.

At a glance - Features and benefits:

  • 6 Star efficiency
  • Sleek new design:
    • Concealed screws for a clean, contemporary finish
    • Modern, designer colour
  • 50˚C models available for greater safety – adjustable up to 54˚C at installation for hotter water at the tap
  • Flue Diverter capability on standard Rheem 12 and Rheem Metro 16 Natural Gas models (50˚C and 60˚C)
  • Improved hot water delivery at cold start up, while saving energy and water
  • More flexible (so it’s installable in more places with confidence):
    • Just 2L/minute minimum operating water flow
    • Minimum water supply pressure just 120kPa
  • LED status monitor shows the set temperature when in operation, in addition to error codes should a fault occur
  • 10-year Heat Exchanger warranty
  • Flamesafe® overheat protection, automatically shuts down the water heater should it overheat
  • Rheem EZ Link® compatible, to link two units for up to 40L/minute delivery
  • Remote Temperature Controllers available for convenience and added safety

More information about Rheem’s new Metro 26 Continuous Flow can be found at www.rheem.com.au


Rheem awarded No. 1 for Customer Satisfaction
01 January 2019

Rheem Australia has been named #1 for Customer Satisfaction in the hot water systems category for 2018 by comparison site Canstar Blue.

Each year, Canstar Blue asks Australians about their experiences with purchased products and services. These shoppers then rank their satisfaction level with their brand of choice, on a sliding scale from 1 to 10. In the Hot Water Systems category, Rheem ranked the highest for ‘Overall Satisfaction’.

“This award is a wonderful recognition of the Rheem brand, which Australian families have come to know and trust for over 80 years,” says Rheem Australia Marketing Director, John Collignon.

“Our water heaters are built tough for Aussie conditions with the latest technology, we offer industry-leading warranties of 10 and even 12 years, and we’re at the forefront of energy-efficient water heaters with our solar options and our range of 6 Star continuous flow gas water heaters.”

In its research, Canstar Blue found that gas is the most popular form of heating (44 per cent), closely followed by electric (37 per cent), with 13 per cent of respondents choosing solar.

“We manufacture water heaters to suit all requirements – from gas continuous flow, electric and gas storage to solar water heaters,” says John. “Rheem comes on steady, hot & strong, so it’s little wonder that it’s considered Australia’s favourite brand of water heaters.”

 

 


Rheem increases gas storage cylinder warranty to 10 Years
01 January 2018

Rheem Australia has increased the cylinder warranties on its entire Rheem gas storage model range to 10 years. That now includes the best cylinder warranty in the market for 4 Star Gas storage.

Not only that, Rheem’s Aquamax Stainless Steel Gas Storage range cylinder warranty has been extended to an unrivalled 12 years. This is now the best cylinder warranty of any gas storage product on the market.

With over 80 years of Australian water heater engineering expertise, all of Rheem’s gas cylinders are proudly manufactured in Australia offering the very best quality, durability and reliability.


The Rheem gas models with extended 10-year cylinder warranties include:

  • Rheem Stellar 5 Star Gas 330L/360L (10 years)
  • Rheem 5 Star Gas 265L/295L (from 7 to 10 years)
  • RheemPlus 5 Star Gas 265L/295L (from 7 to 10 years)
  • Rheem 4 Star Gas 90L/135L/170L (from 7 to 10 years - the best in the business)
  • Rheem Internal Gas Storage 135L/170L (from 5 to 10 years)
     

All Rheem gas storage models now feature two anodes, for added cylinder protection and extended life.

Additionally, RheemPlus gas storage in both 265 and 295L sizes features an in-built 50˚C limited tempering valve, making installation faster and lower cost, where a tempered installation is required

Rheem Australia has also increased the cylinder warranty on Aquamax Stainless Steel Gas Storage 270/340/390 (from 10 to 12 years – the best in the business).

And the popular Vulcan Freeloader 4 Star Gas storage range (135L & 170L) now has a 7 year cylinder warranty - up from 5 years - with improved cylinder design and enamel supporting this longer warranty.


Rheem launches Maxi commercial filtered water taps range
08 August 2019

Rheem Australia has launched its new Rheem Maxi commercial filtered water taps range. The Maxi underbench range includes the Maxi 3 for filtered, boiling and chilled water and the Maxi 4 for filtered, boiling, chilled and hot water.

Designed as a unique split system for flexible installation in tight spaces, Rheem Maxi models provide bigger capacity, offering up to 165 cups of energy efficient filtered boiling water and 180 glasses of filtered chilled water.

David Micallef, Marketing Manager at Rheem, says, “With at least 3.8 litres per hour more boiling and chilled water than the market leader, the new Rheem Maxi models are very competitively priced.”

The full range includes:

Maxi 3 Azure™ and Maxi 3 Aqua™: The modular Rheem Maxi 3 Azure and Aqua provide up to 165 cups of energy efficient filtered boiling water per hour. Combine with the Rheem pumped chiller module for up to 180 glasses of filtered chilled water per hour from the same tap.

Features:

  • Energy saving features including a timer to turn the unit off and a sleep mode that powers down the unit when it’s not in use
  • Safety features including a safety lock and automatic time out
  • Inbuilt 5 micron filter
  • Automatic leak detection shuts off water supply
  • Pumped chiller design maintains constant flow regardless of system pressure
  • Modular design allows easier fitment into tight cupboard spaces

Maxi 4 Aqua™ and Maxi 4 Azure™:

Features:

  • Provides hot water from the same base unit as the boiling water without the need for a separate water heater
  • The Maxi 4 Aqua’s traditional hot and cold mixing tap suits any décor.
  • The Maxi 4 Azure comes in a stylish designer hot and cold mixing tap
  •  Energy saving features including a timer to turn the unit off and a sleep mode that powers down the unit when it’s not in use
  • Safety features including a safety lock and automatic time out
  • Inbuilt 5 micron filter
  • Automatic leak detection shuts off water supply
  • Pumped chiller design maintains constant flow regardless of system pressure
  • Modular design allows easier fitment into tight cupboard spaces

For more information on the new range visit https://www.rheem.com.au/products/commercial/commercial-filtered-water-taps .


Rheem continues with Shell V-Power Racing Team
22 February 2019

The Shell V-Power Racing Team and Rheem, Australia’s leading hot water manufacturer, have agreed to continue their partnership for a third-consecutive season in 2019.

 

The instantly recognisable red-and-white Rheem logo will continue to appear on the new Shell V-Power Racing Team Ford Mustangs for the duration of the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.

 

“We’ve had a sensational relationship with the Shell V-Power Racing Team over the past two years, sharing an incredible amount of success with them,” said Rheem Australia Chief Executive, Chris Taylor.

 

“Being able to experience the joys of winning the Teams’ title in 2017, and now a Drivers’ Championship in 2018, has been fantastic.

 

“Our customers and staff have been exposed to the program in a variety of ways, receiving money can’t buy experiences and behind the scenes access that has seen us integrate with our other marketing programs to really maximise the partnership. We can’t wait to be on board those new Mustangs in 2019.”

 

Shell V-Power Racing Team Managing Director Ryan Story said the continued partnership with Rheem was extremely pleasing, and indicative of the “Effort equals Results” mantra of the Penske brand.

 

“Partnerships like the one we have with Rheem are not easy to cultivate, and even harder to maintain,” said Story.

 

“We have worked extremely hard across all aspects of our business since our inception as DJR Team Penske in 2015, and continuing partnerships like this shows that being involved with the Shell V-Power Racing Team is a valuable proposition.

 

“We’re very proud that brands like Rheem have stuck with us and shown the confidence in us to continue with us into what we hope is a massively successful future.”

 

The Shell V-Power Racing Team will unveil their new Ford Mustang Supercars entry early in 2019.


RHEEM STAYS STEADY, HOT AND STRONG WITH THE SHELL V-POWER RACING TEAM
24 September 2019

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA – [SEPTEMBER 23, 2019] – The Shell V-Power Racing Team and Rheem, Australia’s leading hot water manufacturer, have agreed to an extension of their partnership for a fourth-consecutive year.

The classic Rheem logo will continue to adorn the Shell V-Power Racing Team Ford Mustang GT Supercars of Scott McLaughlin and Fabian Coulthard for the 2020 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.

“It has been a fabulous association for us here at Rheem, with an incredible level of success since we first joined the team in 2017,” said Rheem Australia Chief Executive, Chris Taylor.

“The upwards progression since day one of our partnership, with the Team’s title in 2017 and Scott’s sensational Driver’s title last year has been incredible to be a part of

“The introduction of the Mustang in 2019 has continued this success and has been so well received by all of our customers and staff. The behind-the-scenes access and money-can’t-buy opportunities we’ve been provided with the team has driven our overall marketing programs to unprecedented levels. We really enjoy working with the entire organisation, and very much look forward to 2020,” said Taylor.

Shell V-Power Racing Team Managing Director Ryan Story said Rheem’s continued association was a demonstration of the on- and off-track success enjoyed by all of Shell V-Power Racing Team’s partners.

“When you form a partnership with an iconic brand like Rheem, you have to work hard to maintain that relationship,” said Story.

“We have worked incredibly hard to bring our on-track performance up to its current level, whilst also driving our commercial program very hard to ensure the on-track success translates to business opportunity for our partners.

“Rheem choosing to continue with us into a fourth year is fantastic and shows a very flattering level of confidence in our business.  We look forward to continued success with Rheem well into the future.”

 

About Rheem Australia – www.rheem.com.au

Rheem has been manufacturing in Australia since 1937 and is the largest producer of water heaters in Australia. Its brands include Rheem, Solahart, Vulcan, AquaMAX, Raypak and Everhot. It employs people throughout Australia and has manufacturing facilities in NSW and Victoria. It has additional subsidiary organisations in New Zealand, China, Vietnam and Singapore.

About DJR Team Penske www.djrteampenske.com.au    

DJR Team Penske – a partnership between Dick Johnson Racing and Team Penske – is one of the most successful motorsports teams in Australia, with eight Australian Touring Car / Supercars Championships and three Bathurst 1000 victories, including the 2018 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship. With the backing of Viva Energy – Shell’s Australian licensee – DJR Team Penske competes as the Shell V-Power Racing Team.

Team Penske is one of the most successful teams in the history of professional sports. Cars owned and prepared by Team Penske have produced more than 530 major race wins, over 600 pole positions and 34 Championships across open-wheel, stock car and sports car racing competition. Over the course of its 53-year history, the team has also earned 18 Indianapolis 500 victories, two Daytona 500 Championships, a Formula 1 win and overall victories in the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring. Team Penske currently competes in the NTT IndyCar Series, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the NASCAR Xfinity Series and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

 

For more information, contact:

Ben Nightingale

Media Manager

Shell V-Power Racing Team

M: 0401 454 179

E: ben.nightingale@djrteampenske.com.au

 


Rheem announces 12-year cylinder warranty
01 January 2018

Leading water heater manufacturer Rheem Australia has increased its Rheem Electric cylinder warranty to an unrivalled 12 years across 80-400L models – the best cylinder warranty in the business.  

Incorporating over 80 years of manufacturing excellence, the new 12-year cylinder warranties cover Rheem VE Electric (80L/125L/160L/250L/315L and 400L*), Rheem Plus (50˚ C temperature limited range: 125L – 315L), and the full Rheem Stellar Stainless Steel Electric range (50-315L).  

“These Rheem cylinders are engineered and manufactured here in Australia for the ultimate quality, reliability and durability. We are proud to now offer class-leading warranties that are two years more than any other VE electric water heater,” says John Wilkins, Product Marketing Manager – Rheem Australia.

Enhanced features

A number of models have been re-engineered for even longer life, with key benefits including:

  • Improved reliability and longer life : Rheem VE Electric 80L - 160L units have had significant engineering improvements including upgraded cylinder, Rheem’s exclusive ‘Ultranamel’TM  - Class Y enamel to prolong the life of the water heater, plus thicker 27mm anodes with an inbuilt anode support.
     
  • Improved durability and easier installation: Rheem Stellar Electric Stainless Steel 50L-315L units resist corrosion for longer than vitreous enamel, have no anode for lower maintenance costs, and at up to 42% lighter than same capacity VE models, are easier to handle and install by one person.
     
  • Increased energy savings : Rheem Stellar Electric Stainless Steel water heaters perform up to 24 per cent better than the minimum energy performance standards (MEPS), reducing energy use and energy bills.
     
  • In -built tempering valve: Rheem Plus is the only electric water heater on the market with an in-built tempering valve, making installation faster and lower cost, where a tempered installation is required

*There is no change to Rheem 25L, 45L or 50L model cylinder warranties, which remain at 7 years.

Aquamax and Vulcan 80-400L Electric models also now offer an increased cylinder warranty of 10 years, with the Aquamax and Vulcan 50L models upgrading to 7 years warranty.


Rheem launches EZiSET Smartphone remote controller
01 August 2019

Rheem Australia has just made controlling hot water even easier. It has launched its new Rheem EZiSET® Smartphone Remote Controller, making bath and shower time easier for customers across the country. The new product – the first of its kind in Australia – enables householders to set their ideal water temperature and bath fill level from their phone.

The Rheem EZiSET combines a range of features and benefits that will appeal to both plumbers and householders. It connects to compatible Rheem 12-27L Continuous Flow water heaters* and allows users to:

  • Set the hot water temperature (up to 50˚C)
  • Set a bath fill level and automatically turn off the hot water when the level is reached
  • Save favourite temperature/volume settings
  • Program everything from a Smartphone
  • Use the security and superior signal strength of the home WiFi and powerline network

“The ease of installation of the Rheem EZiSET makes it appealing for both plumbers and home owners alike,” says Rheem Marketing Director, John Collignon. “Once installed, the Rheem EZiSET can provide householders - and parents in particular - added peace of mind when it comes to bath time. For plumbers, it’s a great, simple value-add component to the installation of a Rheem Continuous Flow water heater.”

  • Straightforward to install : there is no need for wiring work or penetration of external and internal walls. Ease of installation means a lower cost for customers compared with wall controllers and allows for a ‘plug n play’ user experience.
  • Controlled by owner’s smartphone: this means there are no remote controls that can be misplaced. Householders simply download the Rheem EZiSET app from the Apple Store or Google Play Store. The app supports up to 10 smartphones with multiple-user management.
  • More reliable than Bluetooth technology: the Rheem EZiSET uses the security and superior signal strength of the home WiFi and powerline network, which means it’s more reliable than Bluetooth technology. In addition, the maximum temperature that can be set is 50˚C for added safety.
  • Warranty: Rheem EZiSET comes with a three-year parts and labour warranty¹.

Rheem EZiSET comes in a ready-to-install kit containing:

  • Control module to install into the Rheem Continuous Flow unit
  • PLT adapter to plug into a powerpoint and connect to the customer’s WiFi modem via the Ethernet cable supplied

Rheem EZiSET is available now. For more information, contact your Rheem Sales Representative or call Rheem Customer Support on 132 552.

 

*Rheem 12 (876812), Rheem Metro 16 (876T16) Rheem 20 (876820), Rheem Metro 26 (876T26), Rheem 27 (876627, 876027, 866627, 866027). Suitable for Rheem 12-26L manufactured since 2018 and Rheem 27L (50˚C) models.

¹Conditions apply. See the Warranty set out in the Owner’s Guide & Installation instructions or view at rheem.com.au/warranty


2019 Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants recipients
13 May 2019

Ten apprentice plumbers from around Australia have 3,000 reasons to smile after being named the 2019 Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants recipients. Rheem Australia has been running the program since 2012 with the aim to help foster the future generation of plumbers. This year there were $30,000 in Grants.

The 10 Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants recipients each receive $2,000 to go towards their college fees and/or textbooks, a $1,000 tool voucher, and a tool tote to help carry their tools.

“From speaking with apprentice plumbers – current and past – their teachers and their employers, these are things that go a long way to help up-and-coming plumbers to achieve their goals,” says Rheem CEO, Chris Taylor.

This year’s recipients are aged from 15 to 43 and hail from around the country – from remote regions to metro areas – and each has a clear aim: to be a great plumber. They range from Blake bin Swani, a young indigenous man and father of two from Broome, WA, who is also a local football coach and mentor for other local Noongars; mature age apprentice Reannon McCann from SA, a stand out AFL Women’s player and captain of her premiership winning team for past two years; NT father-of-five, Carl Macic, who is training to be a plumber while also working as a policeman and would like to one day work with his kids in a plumbing business (“That would make me the happiest plumber on the block!” he says); and Luke Cox, whose family’s savings had to be used to pay for Luke’s surgeries when he suffered heart failure in 2017. According to Luke’s employer, while recovering from surgery to receive a pacemaker, Luke “wanted to just go back to work!”

“These apprentices represent the future generation of plumbers and we are proud to be able to provide support,” says Chris Taylor. “The plumbing industry has provided immense support to Rheem for more than eight decades and these Grants are designed as a thank you and to help foster apprentices. We are thrilled to play a small role in helping encourage those who might be struggling financially or need a morale boost to continue with their studies.”

 

Recognition Awards

Due to the high standard of applicants this year, in addition to the 10 Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants, Rheem is also awarding five apprentice plumbers with a special $350 Rheem Apprentice Plumber Recognition Award.

“It was yet another tough decision for our judges this year, with so many worthy apprentice plumbers applying!” says Taylor. “We wanted to provide some encouragement to several other apprentices, hence providing these additional Recognition Awards.

“We would like to thank all our applicants, their employers, TAFE and RTO teachers and plumbing merchants. Since we launched the Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants in 2012, we have discovered just how many amazing apprentices there are around Australia.”

The applications were reviewed by three judges from the TAFE sector, the Master Plumbers Association and private industry.

Here are just some of the other outstanding winning applications Rheem received:

  • Arthur Lynas, who is not eligible for funding for his TAFE fees due to previous studies undertaken prior to his apprenticeship. This means Arthur is covering the $12,000+ fees out of his own pocket on an apprentice wage. His employer says he has “shown great potential to be part of the next generation of leaders in our industry”.
  • 17-year-old Lewis Bracey, who has to travel from Launceston to Hobart for TAFE (200km each way), wants to work as a plumber in Antarctica and has played state rep basketball.
  • Queensland’s Connor Stafford, 21, who is a fourth generation plumber and was nominated as a Plumbing Ambassador.

 

Since the Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grant program was launched in 2012, almost $250,000 in Grants and Recognition Awards have been awarded to apprentice plumbers. The full list of this year’s recipients can be found on the Rheem website – www.rheem.com.au.


Two iconic Australians join forces
28 February 2017

Australia’s leading hot water manufacturer Rheem has announced an exciting new partnership with premier Supercars squad, the Shell V-Power Racing Team.

The #12 and #17 Shell V-Power Racing Team Fords will prominently display the iconic Rheem logo for all 15-rounds of the 2017 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.

“This sponsorship deal represents a rare opportunity to be associated with one of the most enduring legends of Australian motorsport,” says Rheem Australia Chief Operating Officer, Chris Taylor.

Dick Johnson has long been an icon in Australian Motorsport. Equally, Rheem – currently celebrating its 80th anniversary of manufacturing in Australia – is also known and loved by generations of Australians. Taylor says it’s a highly appropriate time to extend the company’s long history of association with Australian sport.

“Getting behind sport has always been important to Rheem, and with the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship being one of the most popular attractions on the Australian sporting calendar, the move to link up with an amazing team like the Shell V-Power Racing Team was a logical decision,” he says.


“We continue to thoroughly enjoy our ongoing involvement with other national sporting staples such as the NRL and AFL, and we’re looking forward to connecting with a whole new fan demographic around the country - including our own customers and the many people associated with the plumbing industry - when the Supercars get under way this week in Adelaide.”


Shell V-Power Racing Team co-owner Dick Johnson says the involvement of Rheem Australia with the team is a partnership of two Australian icons. 


“To be forming a partnership with an iconic Australian brand like Rheem is fantastic for the team, bringing two great brands together,” says Johnson. “Rheem has a proud history of Australian manufacturing, and ties in perfectly with our team, that holds a special place in Australian motorsport history. We’re looking forward to a long and fruitful partnership between Rheem and the Shell V-Power Racing Team.”


With seven Australian Touring Car Championships and three Bathurst 1000 victories to its credit, there’s no doubt that the Shell V-Power Racing Team will provide a captivating platform for the Rheem Australia brand. In 2017, the team’s Ford Falcons will be piloted by the highly-experienced duo of Fabian Coulthard and Scott McLaughlin.


“We’re excited to be supporting two talented drivers who have a real chance of taking race wins and being up the front of the championship,” adds Taylor. 

The new-look Shell V-Power Racing Team Fords will debut at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide this weekend, March 2-5.
 

About DJR Team Penske - www.djrteampenske.com.au

DJR Team Penske is one of the most successful motorsports teams in Australia, with seven Australian Touring Car / Supercars Championships and three Bathurst 1000 victories. With the iconic backing of Shell, the team will be known as the Shell V-Power Racing Team in 2017. Team Penske’s U.S. motorsports entities are among the most successful teams in the history of professional sports. Competing in a variety of disciplines, including NASCAR and INDYCAR, the team has produced more than 420 major race wins, over 500 pole positions, 29 National Championships and 16 Indianapolis 500 victories in its storied history. 


2017 Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants
16 January 2017

Rheem Australia has announced an enhanced Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants for 2017. And the company’s CEO has urged apprentice plumbers – both current and those just starting their courses – across Australia to mark Monday 30 January 2017, the day applications open, in their calendars.

“Since we launched the inaugural Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants program, we’ve awarded $150,000 in grants to apprentice plumbers around Australia,” says Rheem’s Chief Operating Officer, Chris Taylor. “For 2017 we’ve bolstered the grants after taking into consideration substantial feedback from apprentices, teachers and employers.”

Whereas in previous years $1,000 grants were awarded to successful recipients, in 2017 there will be 10 grants valued at more than $3,000 each. Each grant will comprise $2,000 to go towards TAFE/RTO fees and text books, a $1,000 voucher from the merchant of their choice to go towards tools, plus an Irwin tote tool bag.

“We have increased the value of the grants after assessing the myriad applications for previous grants and speaking with scores of apprentices, plumbing teachers and employers,” explains Chris. “From this feedback, we determined that the greatest financial hardships were affording fees, text books and tools. That’s why we’ve reassessed the grants program and boosted the value to provide even greater tangible assistance.”

Rheem developed the grants program in 2012 for several key reasons: To thank the Australian plumbing industry for its ongoing support, to invest in its skills future and provide training support, and to help ease financial pressure on apprentice plumbers who’ve been struggling financially.

“Rheem is an active part of the plumbing community and our involvement doesn’t just mean providing products and innovation. We believe that the greatest assistance that Rheem can provide is through supporting the education and training of the next generation of plumbers,” says Chris.

“The Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants is evidence of this commitment to training and education. Over the years we have awarded 150 grants to apprentice plumbers from all walks of life – male and female, young and more mature (our oldest apprentice was 64!), and working in family-run businesses, small companies or larger plumbing groups. What they have in common is the desire to become the next generation of plumbers in Australia. We’re committed to helping them achieve their goals.”

Each year the grants are awarded by three judges including Rheem’s training manager, Jon Palfrey, in addition to two independent judges from TAFEs/RTOs and plumbing groups, who assess each application on its merits.

“I encourage Australia’s apprentice plumbers to apply for a 2017 Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grant and hope it will make a real difference for those who are selected to receive a grant,” adds Chris.
 

About the 2017 Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants

Applications for the 2017 Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants program open on Monday 30 January 2017 and close on Sunday 12 March 2017. Successful grant recipients will be announced on Friday 14 April 2017.

Apprentices can nominate themselves, or their employer can nominate on their behalf. Applicants can download the form from the website at www.rheem.com.au/apprentice and either post, email or fax it (details are on the application form). Further information can also be found on the Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grant Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/rheemapprenticeplumbers

For more information about the 2017 Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants, email: rheemgrants@llewcom.com.au.

Recipients of the 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants are not eligible to enter.


RHEEM HANDING OUT $30K TO KICKSTART AUSSIE PLUMBERS’ CAREERS
06 February 2020

Sydney, Australia, February 10, 2020 – Rheem Australia is encouraging Australian apprentice plumbers and gas fitters, both current and those who are this year starting their TAFE/RTO course, to apply for a share of the $30,000 in grants available from the scheme.


Ten deserving apprentice plumbers from around Australia will be rewarded with a grant of $3,000 to support the progression of their study and help kickstart their career.

Now in its eighth year, the Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants program was established to alleviate the financial strain felt by many apprentice plumbers, and to invest in the skills of future plumbers and provide training assistance.


“Since launching the Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants program in 2012, we’ve awarded $240,000 in grants to apprentice plumbers around Australia,” says Chief Operating Officer at Rheem, Chris Taylor.


However, the benefits of the grant aren’t just monetary, explains 2019 recipient Carl Marcic.

“The conversations that occur between apprentices and their employer during the application process promotes an environment whereby strengths are identified, and constructive criticism becomes a welcome starting point to further improvement,” reflects Marcic.

“Rheem is engaged with, and committed to, the plumbing community and our involvement doesn’t stop with products and innovation. One of the most valuable ways we can support the future of our industry is by championing the education and training of Australia’s next generation of plumbers,” adds Taylor.

Grant recipients will receive $2,000 to assist with their TAFE/RTO fees and textbooks, and $1,000 to help newcomers build their all-important trade toolbox.

“Following feedback from apprentices, plumbing teachers and employers, we’ve determined that the greatest financial hardships are associated with tuition and tools. The grant provides recipients with the opportunity to commit to further study, such as continuing the optional fourth year where apprentices can earn their tradesman license and dream of one day operating their own business,” he says.

Since its inception, Rheem has awarded 180 Grants to apprentice plumbers from all walks of life: females and males, teenagers and mature-age apprentices, as well as those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

“All recipients share one commonality; the ambition to become the next generation of plumbers. We’re committed to helping aspiring apprentice plumbers achieve their goals, regardless of the diverse paths that have led applicants to where they are today.”

A panel of independent industry experts and a Rheem adjudicator will judge the 2020 Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants.

“I urge every apprentice plumber to apply for a 2020 Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grant. We’ve streamlined the application process this year to make it easier to apply than ever before. Apprentices have nothing to lose and everything to gain,” concludes Taylor.

Applications for the 2020 Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants program open on Monday 10 February 2020 and close at 5pm on Monday 30 March 2020. Successful grant recipients will be announced on Friday 8 May 2020.

Applicants must submit the completed form via the website at www.rheem.com.au/apprentice.

Any questions regarding the application process should be emailed to rheemgrants@impactagency.com.au.

Recipients of previous Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants are not eligible to enter. Please see the Rheem website for full terms and conditions www.rheem.com.au/apprentice.


2017 Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants Winners
16 June 2017

A sixth-generation plumber, a young woman who is proud to be a part of the increasing number of female tradies, an East African refugee who finished high school at 27 and is now on his way to achieving his dream of becoming a qualified plumber, a former primary school teacher who changed careers and one day wants to educate other apprentice plumbers. They have two things in common: they’re all apprentice plumbers and they have all received a 2017 Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grant.

Rheem, the country’s leading producer of hot water systems, kicked off the Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants in 2012 to mark its 75th anniversary since it began manufacturing in Australia. This year Rheem celebrates its 80th anniversary and its aim remains the same: to invest in the plumbing industry’s skills future and provide training support. For 2017 there were 10 worthy grant winners from around Australia. Each recipient receives $2,000 to go towards their TAFE/RTO fees and/or text books, a $1,000 tool voucher, plus a tool bag. 

“The plumbing industry has provided immense support to Rheem over the past 80 years and these grants are designed as a thank you and to help foster the future generation of plumbers,” says Rheem Chief Operating Officer Chris Taylor. “With data showing apprenticeships have declined in Australia, we are happy to play a small role in helping encourage those who might be struggling financially or need a morale boost to continue with their studies.”

The applications were reviewed by three judges: Kevin Shinners, a long-standing plumber and Board member of the Master Plumbers and Mechanical Services Association of Australia; Paul Carey, Deputy Chair of the National Plumbing and Services Training Advisory Group and a teacher at Gordon TAFE in Victoria; and Jon Palfrey, Rheem’s Training Manager and a former plumber.

Here are just some of the outstanding winning applications Rheem received:

  • Jordan Lilley, 27, from Berriedale in Tasmania: A former primary school teacher who changed careers and loves the variety of plumbing. He has an interest in hydronic heating, an old technology that’s becoming popular in Tasmania.
  • Adam Nebelung, 31, from Canterbury in NSW: A 6th generation plumber who works two jobs to provide for his young family (including a new-born baby), and wants to be a great role model for his kids.
  • Sarah Condie, 19, from Kippa-ring in QLD: An independent young woman who moved out of home at a young age and now works for the all-female Tradettes Plumbing group in Brisbane.
  • Patrick Andrews, 19, from Berwick in Victoria: The eldest of six children, Patrick is the main breadwinner of his family and a vital support for his single mum, who requires a liver transplant.
  • Mohammed Osman, 36, from Heidelberg Victoria: After living as a refugee for 12 years, Mohammed, a father of two young children, finished high school at 27 and is now a first-year apprentice with a dream to one day go back to his birth country in East Africa and help them with safe drinking water.

 

Since the Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grant program was launched in 2012, $180,000 in grants have been awarded to 160 apprentices. 


2017 Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants Winners
28 February 2017

A sixth-generation plumber, a young woman who is proud to be a part of the increasing number of female tradies, an East African refugee who finished high school at 27 and is now on his way to achieving his dream of becoming a qualified plumber, a former primary school teacher who changed careers and one day wants to educate other apprentice plumbers. They have two things in common: they’re all apprentice plumbers and they have all received a 2017 Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grant.

Rheem, the country’s leading producer of hot water systems, kicked off the Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants in 2012 to mark its 75th anniversary since it began manufacturing in Australia. This year Rheem celebrates its 80th anniversary and its aim remains the same: to invest in the plumbing industry’s skills future and provide training support. For 2017 there were 10 worthy grant winners from around Australia. Each recipient receives $2,000 to go towards their TAFE/RTO fees and/or text books, a $1,000 tool voucher, plus a tool bag. 

“The plumbing industry has provided immense support to Rheem over the past 80 years and these grants are designed as a thank you and to help foster the future generation of plumbers,” says Rheem Chief Operating Officer Chris Taylor. “With data showing apprenticeships have declined in Australia, we are happy to play a small role in helping encourage those who might be struggling financially or need a morale boost to continue with their studies.”

The applications were reviewed by three judges: Kevin Shinners, a long-standing plumber and Board member of the 
Master Plumbers and Mechanical Services Association of Australia; Paul Carey, Deputy Chair of the National Plumbing and Services Training Advisory Group and a teacher at Gordon TAFE in Victoria; and Jon Palfrey, Rheem’s Training Manager and a former plumber.
 


Supercars Sponsorship
02 March 2016

Australia’s leading hot water manufacturer Rheem has announced an exciting new partnership with premier Supercars squad, the Shell V-Power Racing Team.

The #12 and #17 Shell V-Power Racing Team Fords will prominently display the iconic Rheem logo for all 15-rounds of the 2017 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.

“This sponsorship deal represents a rare opportunity to be associated with one of the most enduring legends of Australian motorsport,” says Rheem Australia Chief Operating Officer, Chris Taylor.

Dick Johnson has long been an icon in Australian Motorsport. Equally, Rheem – currently celebrating its 80th anniversary of manufacturing in Australia – is also known and loved by generations of Australians. Taylor says it’s a highly appropriate time to extend the company’s long history of association with Australian sport.


2018 Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants
12 December 2017

Are you wanting to train as a plumber but finding it difficult to afford to kick start your new career? Are you a plumber who has an apprentice who would benefit from a financial boost?

For the sixth year running, Rheem Australia will help 10 worthy recipients start or continue a plumbing apprenticeship by providing $30,000 in total grants as part of the 2018 Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants program.

As the country’s leading producer of water heaters, Rheem marked its 75th anniversary in 2012 with the launch of the Apprentice Plumber Grants to thank the Australian plumbing industry for its ongoing support and to invest in the industry’s future. Since the Grants program was launched, Rheem has awarded $180,000 in total grants to 160 apprentice plumbers. 

“Rheem is an active part of the plumbing community and our involvement doesn’t stop at providing products and innovation. In fact, some of the best assistance we can provide is supporting the education and training of the next generation of plumbers,” explains Rheem’s Chief Operating Officer Chris Taylor.

“Feedback from previous grant applicants, apprentices, plumbing teachers and employers has shown the greatest financial hardships that apprentices face are affording fees, text books and tools. That’s why in 2018 we’ll again be providing our 10 recipients with $2,000 to go towards TAFE/RTO fees and text books, plus a $1,000 tool voucher.”

In 2017, the 10 grant recipients included males and females from a variety of locations and backgrounds, including a sixth-generation plumber, an East African refugee, a single parent, and a former primary school teacher, all of whom share a desire to become part of the next generation of plumbers: “Over the years we have had a great number of applicants from all walks of life and ages, ranging from school-based apprentices to mature-age apprentices – even including one aged 64! Rheem is committed to helping them achieve their goals,” says Chris. 

Applications for the 2018 Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants open on Monday January 29, 2018 and close on Monday March 19, 2018. Apprentices can nominate themselves or their employer can nominate them on their behalf. 

Application forms will be available at www.rheem.com.au/apprentice and can submitted by email, post or fax. Visit https://www.facebook.com/rheemapprenticeplumbers or the Rheem website for further information and updates.

Applications will be reviewed by three judges, and the 10 Grants recipients will be announced on Friday April 27, 2018 on the Rheem Australia website.


2018 Supercars Sponsorship
15 December 2017

Rheem Manufacturing, Australia’s leading water heater producer has announced renewal of its partnership with DJR Team Penske for the 2018 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship Series season. 

After an outstanding Supercars 2017 season that featured 15 race wins, an unprecedented 20 pole positions and the Teams’ Championship, the Shell V-Power Racing Team will again be a force in 2018.

The No. 12 and No.17 Shell V-Power Fords will prominently display the iconic Rheem logo on their rear quarter panels for all 16 rounds of the 2018 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship. 

The cars will continue to be driven by the highly-experienced duo of Fabian Coulthard and Scott McLaughlin.

“We would like to congratulate the Shell V-Power Racing Team for an incredible effort this season and we are looking forward to an even bigger and better 2018,” says Rheem Australia Chief Operating Officer, Chris Taylor. 

“This has been a momentous year for both parties. Rheem marked 80 years since we began manufacturing in Australia, while the Shell V-Power Racing Team celebrated a golden anniversary - 50 years of the relationship between Shell and Dick Johnson. It’s the longest corporate partnership in Australian Motorsport and one of the longest in any Australian sport. It’s that sort of partnership and commitment that Rheem itself likes to foster.”

Taylor says the Rheem sponsorship has proven to be an excellent one on many levels. 

“Rheem has engaged our customers like never before and shown our commitment to investing in the right partnerships. It has also enabled the Rheem brand to gain widespread exposure on TV, social media, online and, of course, on the cars themselves,” he says.

“The sponsorship also successfully connects the Rheem brand with the nation’s genuine love of Supercars racing. The feedback from this year has been fantastic, and we look forward to extending our engagement with the team and our customers across Australia – and New Zealand – into 2018. We’ll have even more opportunities for a broader range of experiences next year.”

Shell V-Power Racing Team Managing Director Ryan Story said the renewal was indicative of the improvement for the team both on and off-track in 2017.

“We’ve worked hard across all facets of our business this year to be better at what we do in every way,” said Story.
“Our on-track performance has demonstrated that with 15 race wins and 20 pole positions, but we’ve also made great strides across the commercial aspects of the business too.

“We’re very proud that an iconic brand like Rheem has shown the confidence to continue with us into the future.”

With seven Australian Touring Car Championships and three Bathurst 1000 victories to its credit, there is no doubt that the Shell V-Power Racing Team will continue to provide a captivating platform for the Rheem Australia brand.

“Australia is a great sporting nation and Rheem is proud of its association with and commitment to three major sporting codes – the V8 Supercars, NRL and AFL. They are all hugely popular and loved by generations of Australians, so it makes sense for Rheem to be involved with them,” adds Taylor. 
 

About DJR Team Penske - www.djrteampenske.com.au

DJR Team Penske is one of the most successful motorsports teams in Australia, with seven Australian Touring Car / Supercars Championships and three Bathurst 1000 victories. With the backing of the iconic Shell brand, the team will be known as the Shell V-Power Racing Team in 2017. Team Penske’s U.S. motorsports entities are among the most successful teams in the history of professional sports. Competing in a variety of disciplines, including NASCAR, INDYCAR and IMSA, the team has produced more than 470 major race wins, over 540 pole positions, 32 Championships and 16 Indianapolis 500 victories in its storied history.


Rheem launches new 45L ‘Compact’
17 June 2014

Rheem Australia has launched its new 45L ‘Compact’ electric water heater, a solution that’s designed to fit into confined spaces – providing enough hot water for close to a 14 minute shower.

“This is the smallest over 40L electric water heater on the market,” says Ben Murphy, Rheem’s Group Product Manager – Electric & Heat Pump. “This new model provides a solution that fits into standard kitchen cabinetry designed for pre-MEPS 50L electric water heaters, common in older style three-storey walk up apartments. Modifications to these old cabinets can be difficult.”

The compact design of Rheem 45L Compact avoids the cost, time and potential for damage arising from modifying the existing cabinetry required to fit ‘regular’ 50L water heaters. It has a 393mm diameter and is just 668mm high (including the anode cap). And while officially rated as delivering 40Ls of hot water (in accordance with AS/NZS4692.1 & AS/1056.1), the Compact actually delivers 45 litres of hot water when tested to AS/1056.1. In fact, when tested against the Aquamax Compact 50L electric water heater (EM50), the Rheem 45L Compact was able to deliver slightly more 42˚C hot water than the competitor model.

The Rheem 45L Compact features a superior 1400kPa pressure rating, and comes in two element power ratings – 2.4kW and 3.6kW. A 2.4kW model with power lead is also available.

In addition, it has dual handed cold inlets, hot outlets and T&PR fittings, as well as recessed fittings to minimise the installation space required. The product also comes with a 7-year cylinder warranty.

 

About Rheem Australia – www.rheem.com.au

Rheem has been manufacturing in Australia since 1937 and is the largest producer of water heaters in Australia. Its brands include Rheem, Solahart, Vulcan, Raypak and Everhot. It employs in excess of 1000 people in Australia in five manufacturing facilities in NSW, Victoria and Western Australia. It has additional subsidiary organisations in New Zealand, Asia and Europe. It is the worldwide market leader in Solar Thermal products.

For further information:

Lisa Llewellyn Llewellyn Communications

t: (02) 9970 5312

m: 0419 401 362

e: lisa@llewcom.com.au


2015 Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants
09 November 2015

While the words ‘apprentice plumber’ may conjure up images of the mischievous young man who fixes your leaking tap and lives off meat pies from the corner shop, there is much more diversity in the plumbing trade than you might think.

To reward dedicated future plumbers of all kinds, Rheem Australia’s 2015 Apprentice Plumber Grants program has provided a $1000 helping hand to some 25 apprentice plumbers, including two young women and a number of mature age plumbers – one of whom is aged 64!

“We always receive a huge number of amazing entries, which makes choosing the final recipients very difficult indeed,” says Matt Sexton, CEO of Rheem Australia. “This year was no exception. Our grants program encourages not just young people starting out, but also those attempting to restart their careers. 

The high level of ambition and dedication shown by the entrants impressed judges Jon Palfrey, Training Manager with Rheem; Bryan Ornsby, Manager Plumbing and Water Industries Department Chisholm Institute; and Peter Jensen, Managing Director of Worboys Plumbing in Melbourne.

The judges were particularly on the lookout for any apprentices who showed generosity within the community, or strong determination to succeed.

“We had a number of applicants with fantastic community spirit, plus some mature age apprentices who kept their heads up despite being made redundant a number of times, a number who have young families to provide for, and plenty of youngsters who have made big sacrifices to better themselves for the long term,” says Jon Palfrey.

Adds Peter Jensen: “It is a good thing that Rheem provides encouragement and support to these men and women in the plumbing industry.”

Here are just some of the outstanding winning applications Rheem received:
 

  • Former shearer, 64-year-old Julyan Sumner from Western Australia, who will qualify at age 68. When his boss suggested he become an apprentice, Julyan made the decision with the encouragement of his wife as well as due to financial pressures, but says he’s humble, excited and proud to be an apprentice at his age and thoroughly enjoys his job. He’s a huge inspiration to apprentices of any age!
  • 20-year-old Todd Eshmade from South Australia, who was named Apprentice of the Year in 2014 at Jordan Plumbing. He was always interested in doing a trade and says plumbing, for him, was the most diverse and interesting. “I am constantly learning new skills and being challenged,” he says.
  • 25-year-old Damian Hynes from South Australia shows a great deal of passion for his trade and uses his skills to help those less fortunate; “I help in my local community volunteering to fix leaking taps and showers at the football club. I wish to travel to Africa to help on projects with wells to provide much needed water to thousands of people.”
  • 18-year-old Megan Barnes from Victoria, whose passion for plumbing started young. She grew up as a farmer’s daughter, learning to connect pipes and work the property’s pumps and windmills. “It’s hard to be accepted by other tradespeople as a female in a male-dominated trade. The physical side of the job can be challenging sometimes too, but I am overcoming this issue with determination and thought.”

Since the Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grant program was launched in 2012, 150 apprentice plumbers have now benefitted. The full list of this year’s winners can be found on the Rheem website – www.rheem.com.au/apprentice


Rheem Australia launches a new round of Apprentice Plumber Grants
23 June 2015

Rheem Australia is again extending a helping hand to apprentice plumbers, with the company announcing a new round of Apprentice Plumber Grants. Rheem will award 25 grants worth $1000 each to encourage some deserving apprentices along their way.

“These apprentices are our next generation of plumbers and we want to help them complete their training,” says Rheem Australia CEO Matt Sexton. “There’s a significant need for financial assistance among apprentice plumbers, and Rheem is happy to support the plumbing industry wherever it can.”

Since the Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants program was launched in 2012, Rheem has given assistance to 125 apprentice plumbers from all around Australia.

“This year, we are especially looking out for apprentice plumbers who have ambition and drive to make a real difference in their community using their skills,” Matt says. “Over the past few years we have seen many applicants showing enormous dedication and continued hard work despite often challenging circumstances.”

Previous recipients of a Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grant include a young newlywed man who together with his wife spends holidays volunteering in a third world country; a teenage apprentice who had to commute a further 60km a day to get to work after a fire and flood destroyed the road from his property; a mother of three who started an all-female plumbing business; a hearing impaired apprentice who’s not letting his impairment ruin his dream of becoming a qualified plumber; and several ambitious apprentices planning to use their skills to bring adequate plumbing to remote and/or disadvantaged areas.

Twenty two-year-old Christopher Pierce from Hillside, Victoria, was awarded one of Rheem’s Apprentice Plumber Grants in 2012 for his admirable ambition to use his plumbing skills to obtain a job in Antarctica - something he is still working towards today.

“As soon as I have all of the requirements, I will keep on applying until I get the gig,” Christopher says. “If I wasn’t successful, I would like to work somewhere around Australia in the mines, or even over in Canada. The fact that I can work overseas and assist with government research, not to mention use the facilities that I help build would be amazing.”

Chris says the Rheem grant helped him stay on track financially during his apprenticeship.

“My car’s transmission blew the week I received the grant, and I really need my car to get to work,” he says. “The grant helped me out a great deal with paying for the repair work. I also had to get my wisdom teeth removed around the same time, so the grant certainly kept me out of financial strife.”

There are no restrictions placed on the grants, and successful applicants can decide how and when they use it.

“There are many who have used the grant to enhance their tool collection, in addition to putting it towards education, bills, or fuel to get to or from work,” adds Matt Sexton. “There are others who have used the money to create their own tools to use in their work.”

About the 2015 Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants

Applications for the 2015 Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants open on Saturday 1 August 2015 and close on Wednesday 30 September 2015, with recipients announced on Friday 30 October 2015.

Apprentices can nominate themselves, or their employer can nominate on their behalf. Applicants can download the form from the website at www.rheem.com.au/apprentice and either post, email or fax it (details are on the application form). Further information can also be found on the Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grant Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/rheemapprenticeplumbers.

Recipients of the 2012, 2013 and 2014 Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants are not eligible to enter.

About Rheem Australia – www.rheem.com.au

Rheem has been manufacturing in Australia since 1937 and is the largest producer of water heaters in Australia. Its brands include Rheem, Solahart, Vulcan, Raypak and Everhot. It employs in excess of 1000 people in Australia in five manufacturing facilities in NSW, Victoria and Western Australia. It has additional subsidiary organisations in New Zealand, Asia and Europe. It is the worldwide market leader in Solar Thermal products.

For further information:

Lisa Llewellyn Llewellyn Communications

t: (02) 9970 5312

m: 0419 401 362

e: lisa@llewcom.com.au


Making the REAL difference
07 June 2015

Over a year in the making and involving significant research and development: the new-look electric hot water systems from Rheem have been unveiled. These products have a range of new features which extend their life, and they’re now backed by a 10-year cylinder warranty – the longest electric water heater warranty on the Australian market.

“They come in 250L, 315L and 400L capacities, and have undergone substantial re-engineering and redesign to withstand more than 10 years of operation,” says Ben Murphy, Rheem’s Group Product Manager – Electric. "Our research shows that warranty is very important to consumers, and we have focused on creating a warranty that is true to its word.

“We’re calling this the REAL difference for good reason, as it encapsulates the new and enhanced features of these products.”

REAL: a snapshot

R – Rheem RELIABILITY

E- Superior ENAMEL

A – Larger ANODE

L – LOCALLY made

In extending the warranted life of the products, Rheem has incorporated a range of new and enhanced features including:

  • Redesigned cylinder dome top: This has been re-profiled, resulting in an even stronger, more robust design.
  • Large anode: Rheem has introduced larger sacrificial anodes to support the new electric range of products. The diameter of the standard black anode has been increased from 21mm to 27mm, providing physically more material to help protect and prolong the life of the cylinder. Specialty blue anode models have also had their anode size increase from 17mm to 21mm. These are located into an anode support, which supports the increased weight of the larger anode, preventing it from swinging in the tank and potentially causing damage to the cylinder or anode itself during transport and installation.
  • Enamel specification: The new range will feature a commercial grade, proprietary blend Class Y enamel. This special blend enamel is both stronger and more durable than domestic grade Class X enamels. Less soluble and more resistant to high temperatures, this enamel coating will last for longer, ultimately prolonging the life of the water heater.

A number of aesthetic changes have also been made to a range of Rheem electric water heaters. These include replacing the name band with a Rheem badge and technical label, delivering a cleaner new appearance.

Embossed pipe-seals have also been introduced. These now nominate fitting types for the relief valve, inlet and outlet to identify the fitting type more clearly and give a cleaner appearance by eliminating the need for individual labelling.

The 250L to 400L models also receive enhanced packaging livery, clearly displaying that the range has a 10-year cylinder warranty, is Australian made and has dual handed fittings. There are also QR codes that refer plumbers and consumers back to dedicated product landing pages on www.rheem.com.au.

All other Rheem packaging will now be upgraded to feature a twin flute specification. This is both stronger and more rigid than single flute packaging, providing better product protection and improved in-store presentation.

AUSTRALIAN MADE

Another key differentiator is the fact that Rheem’s 250L, 315L and 400L electric water heaters are made in Australia, at Rheem’s Rydalmere NSW manufacturing facility.

“These products are created in our Australian factory, which means we can control the processes and continually improve the manufacture of our water heaters,” adds Ben. “All Rheem product is made in wholly owned and operated Rheem manufacturing facilities, and we have a 50-strong local R&D team which is backed by a national sales, service and support network.

“Rheem water heaters are installed in literally millions of Australian homes and they’re built with the knowledge and experience gained from over 75 years of manufacturing in this country. And in creating these new models of electric water heaters, our R&D team has focused on creating water heaters which meet the rigours of the Australian environment and are designed to last.”

For more information on the new 491/492 series range, contact 132 552.

About Rheem Australia – www.rheem.com.au

Rheem has been manufacturing in Australia since 1937 and is the largest producer of water heaters in Australia. Its brands include Rheem, Solahart, Vulcan, Raypak and Everhot. It employs in excess of 1000 people in Australia in five manufacturing facilities in NSW, Victoria and Western Australia. It has additional subsidiary organisations in New Zealand, Asia and Europe. It is the worldwide market leader in Solar Thermal products.

For further information:

Lisa Llewellyn Llewellyn Communications

t: (02) 9970 5312

m: 0419 401 362

e: lisa@llewcom.com.au

 


2014 Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants
16 June 2014

Australia’s apprentice plumbers have another shot at financial assistance with the announcement that Rheem Australia is running its Apprentice Plumber Grants in 2014. This year there are 25 x $1000 grants, which will be awarded to apprentice plumbers most in need of financial assistance and to help them pursue their plumbing career. 

There are no restrictions placed on the grants, and successful applicants can decide how and when they use it – whether it’s for education, bills, fuel to get to or from work, or new tools.

Apprentices can nominate themselves, or their employer can nominate on their behalf. 
 

Recipients of the 2012 and 2013 Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants are not eligible to enter. 
 

Key dates:
 

Applications for the 2014 Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants open on Tuesday 1 July 2014 and close on Sunday 31 August 2014, with recipients announced on Tuesday 30 September 2014. 
 

How to apply:

Applicants can download the application form available at www.rheem.com.au/apprentice, then either:

  • Fax to (02) 9970 6422

 

For further information, or if you have any queries, please email askrheem@rheem.com.au


New Rheem Heavy Duty Gas BMS Interface
16 February 2015

Rheem Australia has released its new Rheem Heavy Duty Gas BMS interface module – and it’s designed to make life easier for facility managers.

The new module enables the interface between individual gas water heaters and building management systems to remotely provide facility managers with real time water heater status. Identifying any issues is simple, with the module providing a run/fail signal via voltage-free contacts (common, N/O, N/C). It also features an on board LED status.

Suitable for both new installations and retrofitting to existing water heaters, the module mounts to the outside of the water heater and is provided with common, N/O and N/C contacts for field connection by on-site trades. The module is also ideal for indoor and outdoor installation.

Operation modes include: -

  • RUN (N/O): water heater is heating water or is at temperature (green LED)
  • FAIL (N/C): gas valve lockout or over-temperature cut-out trip, or loss of power supply (red LED or no indication)

The new Rheem Heavy Duty Gas BMS interface module suits Rheem models 621265, 621275, 631265 and 631275. Its dimensions are 231mm (h) x 112mm (w) x 78mm (d).

For further information contact Rheem technical advisory service on 132 552.

 

About Rheem Australia – www.rheem.com.au

Rheem has been manufacturing in Australia since 1937 and is the largest producer of water heaters in Australia. Its brands include Rheem, Solahart, Vulcan, Raypak and Everhot. It employs in excess of 1000 people in Australia in five manufacturing facilities in NSW, Victoria and Western Australia. It has additional subsidiary organisations in New Zealand, Asia and Europe. It is the worldwide market leader in Solar Thermal products.

For further information:

Lisa Llewellyn Llewellyn Communications

t: (02) 9970 5312

m: 0419 401 362

e: lisa@llewcom.com.au


Rheem launches new Solar Specialist Network
07 May 2013

 

Rheem Australia announces the launch of the Rheem Solar Specialist Network. The new network is result of the integration of the Solar Edwards business into Rheem. It combines the trusted Rheem brand with the products and expertise of a specialised group of trained, dedicated solar specialists who offer high level solar water heater advice and service.

The creation of this specialist network, formerly known as the Edwards dealer network, is in response to some significant changes in the industry, particularly over the past five years. It also draws on the vast experience and expertise that Rheem Australia has developed in solar water heating.

Rheem Solar Specialist Network combines the strength of Rheem with the Edwards heritage to offer an expanded range of roof-mounted and ground systems, including a unique rooftop range of stainless steel tanks available in a range of COLORBOND® colours.

This combined approach gives consumers the confidence of knowing that they are choosing product made by Australia’s number one brand in hot water. It’s supported by both the Rheem solar specialists and the large service network that Rheem operates around the country.

In addition, the new specialist network is well placed to address the changing market and householder needs. With the certainty of ongoing high gas and electricity prices, there will continue to be a strong solar market, and the increasing complexity of water heating products as demand for greater energy efficiency increases.

Rheem is ready to address these needs and tackle them head on. It is also committed to investing in local research and development to deliver new, Australian made higher efficiency renewable products at lower running costs for consumers. 

To find your nearest Rheem Solar Specialist call 1300 765 277.


Rheem 6 Star Continuous Flow Range
17 May 2013

Gas water heaters can play a bigger role in assisting the abatement of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions, according to the Energy Networks Association (ENA) in its new proposal Reducing emissions from residential hot water heating. And leading water heater manufacturer, Rheem Australia is rising to the challenge with the launch of a complete 6+ Star gas continuous flow water heater range.

This is Australia’s first full range of 6+ Star continuous flow water heaters – and the benefits to householders will be greater energy efficiency, cost savings and reduced emissions.

“This is a significant development in the evolution of water heaters in Australia,” says John Wilkins, Rheem’s group product manager high efficiency gas. 

“As highlighted by the Energy Networks Association at the Gas 2020: New Strategies New Markets conference, gas water heaters are more efficient than electric resistance water heaters and have lower upfront costs to households than solar. 

“Increasing demand for higher efficiency water heaters is why we’ve upgraded our entire continuous flow water heater range to 6+ Star. They deliver improved energy efficiency to reduce carbon emissions and running costs – which means they’re good for the hip pocket and the environment.”

As a rule of thumb, the ‘average’ home will reduce their gas consumption by approximately 2,000 MJ or around $30 - $40 per year (for every one star increase in efficiency), depending on which state you live in and thus which tariff you are on.

Hot water when you need it Continuous flow gas water heaters deliver hot water that will never run out, because they heat water when you need it, for as long as you need it. They work differently from storage water heaters, only heating on demand rather heating and storing water until needed.

Rheem’s range of 6+ Star continuous flow water heaters is available for natural gas and propane, and includes models which deliver 12L, 16L, 18L, 20L, 24L and 27L a minute flow rates, depending on householders’ hot water needs. They are also ideal for more compact homes or apartments, or where space is at a premium, because they’re mounted to the wall and take up less space.
 

Key features of Rheem’s 6+ Star continuous flow water heaters:

  • Capacities to suit every home, apartment or family – 12L, 16L, 18L, 20L, 24L and 27/minute flow rates
  • Flamesafe® overheat protection, which automatically shuts down your heater should it overheat
  • Rheem EZ Link® - delivers up to 54L per minute by link to Rheem units to act as one, thereby doubling capacity
  • Rheem Q Factor™ - ensures rapid hot water every time, without the fluctuation when multiple taps demand hot water
  • Family safety – electronic control means accurate and reliable water temperature, reducing the risk of accidental scalding
  • Electronic remote temperature controllers – for accurate setting of the ideal and safety temperature for bathroom and kitchen
  • Solar ready – Rheem 70° capable models are compatible with solar systems, without the need for special fittings
  • Compact size – for maximum flexibility in design to houses and apartments
  • Available to suit either natural gas or propane
  • 10 year warranty (conditions apply click here for warranty information)

Is your hot water system on its last legs?
27 February 2015

You know the story: It’s a cold winter morning and you hop into the shower only to find that the water is freezing and there’s no hot water. Your hot water system has died – and it’s time to call the plumber in a panic! Most of us tend to ignore our hot water service until it’s too late.

Rheem, Australia’s leading producer of hot water systems, has some key tips to help householders identify if their hot water system is on the way out – or might need some attention.

“For most people, a hot water system is ‘out of sight out of mind’ – until it fails,” says Keith Dawber, Rheem Service Manager. “But if you have the system checked on a regular basis, then you can extend the life of your system, improve efficiency and ensure your water heater is operating and performing as designed, highlight any repairs which need to be done, not to mention ensuring it has been installed correctly in the first place.”

Signs your hot water system might be in need of attention:

  • Is the water coming from the tap rusty or brown in colour?
  • Is the water muddy or does it have sediment in it? 
  • Is the hot water system making strange sounds? (some noise from the water heating up is normal, but if you notice cracking or popping noises these should be checked by a plumber)
  • Has the pilot light gone out? Does this happen often?
  • Does the hot water have a strange smell or metallic taste?
  • Are you getting less hot water?
  • Is water leaking out of the system?
  • Do you often experience fluctuations in temperature?
  • Does the water pressure or flow rate vary?
  • Are you running out of hot water?

Rheem Service undertakes regular checks of domestic Rheem hot water systems. It offers a range of services including six-monthly minor maintenance, an annual service and a major five year service. The major service includes replacing the system’s sacrificial anode, temperature and pressure relief valves, checking correct operation of the gas, electric or solar control, and checking solar heat transfer fluid (for solar hot water systems).

Some of the problems that have been discovered during service checks include:

  • Pilot light outages (which results in leaking valves)
  • Leaking valves
  • Installation issues
  • Temperature settings set too high (which increases running costs)
  • Excessive water pressure (this adds stress on the cylinder, thus reducing the life of the system)
  • Incorrect gas pressure settings
  • Relief valves which are stuck and then leak constantly due to householders not operating the valves every six months in accordance with manufacturers’ instructions
  • Blocked strainers, causing flow rate issues
  • Blocked filters and shower restrictors
  • Faulty thermocouples, igniters, elements and thermostats

Dawber recommends having domestic hot water systems checked around every three+ years for gas and electric systems, bi-annually for solar systems, or whenever you feel something has changed or you have noticed any warning signs.

“There are a number of factors which will affect the length of service the water heater will provide,” says Dawber. “These include, but are not limited to, the water chemistry, the water pressure, the water temperature (inlet and outlet) and the water usage pattern.”

To arrange a service or an inspection of and report on your Rheem hot water service, call Rheem Service on 131 031.

 

About Rheem Australia – www.rheem.com.au

Rheem has been manufacturing in Australia since 1937 and is the largest producer of water heaters in Australia. Its brands include Rheem, Solahart, Vulcan, Raypak and Everhot. It employs in excess of 1000 people in Australia in five manufacturing facilities in NSW, Victoria and Western Australia. It has additional subsidiary organisations in New Zealand, Asia and Europe. It is the worldwide market leader in Solar Thermal products.

For further information:

Lisa Llewellyn Llewellyn Communications

t: (02) 9970 5312

m: 0419 401 362

e: lisa@llewcom.com.au


2013 Rheem Apprentice Grants
14 June 2013

Committed to your plumbing apprenticeship but starting to feel the financial strain? Have a go at scoring one of 25 Apprentice Plumber Grants from Rheem, worth $1000 each.

Opening 1 July, the grants program is open to apprentice plumbers in Australia who are most likely to be feeling short of cash. One of the best things about this grant is that there are no restrictions on how recipients spend it; for example, last year’s recipients used their cash for tools, further education and fuel to get to and from work or TAFE.

To celebrate its 75th anniversary last year, and to show support for those who are the future of the plumbing industry, Rheem launched the Apprentice Plumber Grants program in 2012, with 75 apprentice plumbers receiving $1000 grants. 

Judges for the 2013 Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants will especially be looking for applicants who are most in need of financial assistance, plus those who may be helping in the community or have future plans to do so – such as last year’s entrant Aaron Stephens, who wants to direct his attention towards providing plumbing services to those in remote communities.

“My ultimate goal is to eventually own my own business as a plumber, but also be a helicopter pilot,” says Aaron. “I realise this is a very large goal, but I believe I can make it happen with a lot of dedication, hard work and saving. So every little but of money I get I save, and this grant will certainly help me get to where I want to be.”

With entries such as Aaron’s, its no surprise the judges in 2012 were very impressed with the very high standard of applications. 

“It’s obvious there are a lot of apprentices of all ages who are committed to the plumbing industry, but might need a helping hand,” Rheem Australia CEO Matt Sexton says. 

“Indeed, it’s clear that many apprentices have made considerable financial and personal sacrifices to enter the trade and further their careers. With that in mind, we wanted to provide some assistance to help successful recipients in achieving their dreams and career objectives.”
 

Dates to remember!

Applications for the 2013 Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants open on Monday 1 July 2013 and close on Saturday 31 August 2013. Recipients are announced on Monday 30 September 2013. 

You can nominate yourself, or your employer can nominate on your behalf. Application forms are available to download from 1 July on at www.rheem.com.au/apprentice. 

Recipients of the 2012 Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants are not eligible to enter.

If you have any questions, then check out the FAQs for the Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants.


Rheem launches new stainless steel range
22 October

Rheem Australia has bolstered its popular Stellar® suite of products with the launch of a new range of stainless steel water heaters. The new Rheem Stellar Stainless Steel is available in models suitable for connection to either electricity or gas. 

“This is a logical extension of the established and popular Rheem Stellar brand – the introduction of superior stainless steel water heaters in both electric and gas versions,” says Gareth Jennings, Rheem’s general manager of marketing and corporate affairs. 

“There are a myriad of benefits to stainless steel water heaters, and we recognised the need to provide the trade and consumers with an option, depending on their individual requirements.”

The new Rheem Stellar Stainless Steel water heaters have been designed with performance, high energy efficiency, features and aesthetics firmly in mind. Plus they are backed by a 10-year warranty on the cylinder .

Rheem’s stainless steel water heaters are lighter compared to vitreous enamel (the electric models up to 40% lighter than comparable Rheemglas® electric water heater models), making them easier to handle, transport and install. They are also sleek, modern and durable. 

“As the electric models are significantly lighter, it’s great news for plumbers who often need to move these units up several flights of stairs in apartment blocks, or negotiate narrow side passageways of houses,” Jennings adds. “And compared to vitreous enamel, stainless steel cylinders are intrinsically more prone to resist corrosion.”
 

Key features include:

Rheem Stellar Electric

  • Superior energy efficiency: reduces running costs compared to conventional electric water heaters
  • Perform 12-24% better than Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS)
  • Available in a range of sizes – 80L, 125L, 160L, 250L and 315L
  • 160L models and up are suitable for connection to economical off peak tariffs
  • Doesn’t require a sacrificial anode for protection, thus long term maintenance and service costs are reduced
  • Top mounted water outlet, providing the hottest water available in the tank to the tap
  • Higher thermostat setting to 75˚C maximum
  • Water heater is up to 40% per cent lighter than comparable Rheemglas models; easier to install and handle
  • 10-year cylinder warranty. (Conditions apply click here for warranty information)
     

Rheem Stellar Gas 330 stainless steel

  • 5 Star energy efficiency, for reduced energy costs
  • Up to 390L first-hour hot water capacity
  • Superior recovery, for that extra hot water when it’s required:
    • 185L of mains pressure hot water recovery every hour
    • Up to 50L additional recovery available via the inbuilt user-adjustable mixing valve  
  • Mains pressure to power many hot water demands at once, enough for the largest family
  • Doesn’t require a sacrificial anode for protection, thus long term maintenance and service costs are reduced
  • 10-year cylinder warranty. (Conditions apply click here to view warranty information).

Note: stainless steel will last longer in good water quality areas (i.e. water which contains low chlorides and is relatively pH neutral). For further information on whether these products are suitable for particular areas view the Rheem Stainless Steel Suitability Map >>