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Question DetailsAsked on 2/2/2015

Does Rheem own Whirlpool water heaters

My Whirlpool water heater died after 10 years. My plumber wants to install a Rheem, who he says owns Whirlpool and just uses the Whirlpool name as a sales tool for their lower end electric water heaters. True?

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Not true at all...they are competitors. Rheem markets Rheem, Ruud, and some GE products. Whirlpool markets Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid, Jenn-Air, Amana, Gladiator, and GarageWorks products and several others. Two separate corporations. At the least, your plumber is misinformed. Or, he or his supplier may be having some sort of mfr promotion for the Rheem products; not a bad thing if the savings are passed on to you.

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Answered 5 years ago by SalisburySam


I think the plumber got names mixed up a bit - Whirlpool is a brandname for a product line by AO Smith, who also makes many (though now not all) Kenmore water heaters, as well as Whirlpool water heaters (though that may be ending with Whirlpool having bought 51%of Hefei Sanyo, a leading Chinese appliance manufacturer - time will tell).

Rheem is a separate company, which in many review (though not all) gets higher marks than Whirlpool/AO Smith.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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