Whirlpool 50 Gallon Energy Smart Lifetime Water Heater EE3Z50RD055V

Whirlpool 50 Gallon Energy Smart Lifetime Water Heater EE3Z50RD055V

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  • Whirlpool Water Heater Leaves Me Cold!

    Dec 23, 2008 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Liked the idea of a lifetime warranty and the energy savings were a plus.
    Cons: Control board failure! Terrible customer service from Whirlpool!

    Summary: I bought this water heater on 12/22/2006 from Lowe's and had no trouble until yesterday. Exactly 2 years from the original date of purchase the control board goes out. This left myself and five other family members who are staying over for ... read more

  • 9 years before the board went bad

    May 6, 2012 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Efficient, lifetime warranty, easy to install, good customer service
    Cons: Didn't last forever without needing a repair.  ;)

    Summary: Great water heater.  Efficient, easy to install, little maintenance required and has given us zero problems for 9 years.  Purchased the EE3Z0RD055V at Lowe's and installed ourselves with relative ease.  Yesterday, while washing dishes, ... read more

  • 50 Gallon Electric Lemon

    Mar 21, 2012 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Worked pretty good for the first 5 years!! :P
    Cons: LOWE'S doesn't work on the Whirlpool and no Whirlpool reps in the Wichita, KS area.

    Summary: Bought my Whirlpool Model EE3Z50RD055V 50 Gallon Electric Water Heater with Energy Smart control board in November of 2006 at LOWE’S. Everything sounded great! Lifetime Warranty on Parts! Installed by LOWE’S contracted plumber. Got bilked a ... read more

  • Great water heater but you gotta know what youre doing!

    Sep 12, 2010 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: High insulation factor saves $$
    Cons: Digital controller sensitive to voltage spikes or bad wiring.
    Plastic drain valve prone to leaking

    Summary: I've been a professional general and hvac contractor for more than 20 years. and I think these are ok units. I have had two of them in a two family rental building since mid 2005. Had one control board fail (a new one arrived via DHL the next day) ... read more

  • Hoping a new "smart" board does the trick.

    Sep 25, 2009 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Lots of hot water when everything is working well.
    Cons: High-tech "smart" board is not always so smart.

    Summary: The water heater worked fine for several years, then the "clicking" started... and the five flashes indicating a bad lower heating element.  Hot showers became very short.  I replaced the lower element, but the clicking and flashing ... read more

  • Aweful hot water tank

    Jun 8, 2009 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: no pros involved
    Cons: the whole tank is a con and I got conned!

    Summary: Do not buy this hot water tank that lowes sells.  the whirlpool energy smart.  We have had a wet floor for months.  It either fries you or freezes you.  Service is a nightmare!!!  I will never buy another whirlpool item! ... read more

  • A high-reliability product, this is not.

    Feb 17, 2009 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: It's pretty!
    It's fun to repair!
    Cons: Did I mention that it's fun to repair?!

    Summary: After 4-1/2 years of service, the control board of the subject Whirlpool water heater crashed and burned.Relay K1 apparently became intermittent and arced itself to death.It was so hot, it burned through the circuit board and into the plastic ... read more

  • Whirrlpool Energy Smart Control

    Jan 10, 2009 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: These units have excellent insulation which is most likely were the power savings is achieved.
    Cons: Buy water heaters with the older and very reliable temperature controls..

    Summary: Yep, a good idea gone bad. Lowes started in the fall of 2002 selling this water heater with Smart Controls, something they set up with Whirlpool whch it appears don't build the heaters. A good deal for them since they do not warrant the ... read more

  • Another cold shower

    Sep 11, 2008 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: well-insulated tank, elegant appearance
    Cons: control board fails repeatedly, no failsafe mode, deceptive warranty

    Summary: I should have read epinions before I bought this lemon.I like the idea of energy savings, and it has a well-insulated tank. In fact, the tank is so good that I took a nice hot shower yesterday, four days after the little green light went out. ... read more

  • Whirlpool 50 g lifetime warranty not so lively.

    Dec 30, 2007 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: price on purchase good. Lowes a good overall store to shop. insulation excellnt.
    Cons: workmanship, drain valve cheap, electric element covers easy for chld to pry open.

    Summary: We purchased the Whirlpool e3z50rdo55cv product # 0826110 made by US Craftmaster in January of 2001. The Lowes personnel were of course very helpful. We have hard water and have a water softener to treat the worst of it. after about 3 years I ... read more

  • Failed completely after 2.5 yrs., huge pain to get replacement!

    Dec 22, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Worked for 2.5 years, then failed three days before Christmas.
    Cons: Leaked and went cold after 2.5 years; Lowe's wanted four days wait to replace!

    Summary: Whirlpool EE3Z50RD055V water heater left me cold after 2.5 years, and left a pool of water on the floor. Happened on Sat., Dec. 23. ESL (English as a second language) customer service rep, apparently somewhere in South Asia, issued Return Authorization ... read more

  • Avoid Whirlpools Smart Water Heater and buy a dumb one instead!

    Nov 10, 2007 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Outsourced call center is helpful and understanding. Larger heater without larger electric bill.
    Cons: Repeated breakdown, terrible stateside customer service. Repairmen bills, missed work waiting for repairmen very costly.

    Summary: I bought the energy smart model in high hopes of saving money and counting on the Whirlpool name, but I was wrong on both counts. In just over a year and a half, I've spent enough on plumbers and the expense of missed work that I could have bought a ... read more

  • I normally would not take the time to write a bad review

    Oct 18, 2007 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Easy to buy and have Lowe's install. Heated water when it worked.
    Cons: Didn't work for last 8mos of first 2yrs. One big headache, despite "lifetime" warranty

    Summary: Believe me and the majority of people who have had problems with Whirlpool water heaters -- manufactured NOT by Whirlpool but American Water Heater Corp -- save yourself a lot of time and problems! I have owned this water heater for two (2) years now ... read more

  • Whirlpool helped Address My Controller Issue

    Sep 13, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Overall tank design and insulation thickness make this an effective and efficient unit.
    Cons: Early version of the controllers may have had some sub-optimal components.

    Summary: I, too purchased this high warranty period product because I wanted peace of mind for years to come. The unit worked great for approximately 2 years and then went through a brief erratic period requiring period resets. The unit then had a fatal ... read more

  • Wait A Minute

    May 30, 2006 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Easy to install and does seem to save on electricity
    Cons: Very difficult to contact the manufacturer for warranty issues and expensive to fix .

    Summary: My experience with this Whirlpool hot water heater is a bit different. I too found installation quite easy but the unit did not work at all when I filled the tank and turned on the electricity. Lowes exchanged the heater with a new one but I had the ... read more

  • Express Customer Reviews

  • Sprung leak at blue tank

    Dec 14, 2013 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: looks nice. looks impressive. looks sharp for a hot water tank.
    Cons: blue expansion tank sprung leak.rusted on back where it couldn't be seen.

    Summary: Good thing we were home and it happened during the daytime. it's only a few years old too. hubby is at Lowes right now trying to find a fix for it. and....it's never been good about running out of hot water. the control panel is confusing to work with or ... read more

  • "Lifetime" Warranty is misleading

    Jan 26, 2012 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Worked good for a while
    Cons: Short life, no even trade for new unit. 

    Summary: The first unit had to be replaced after 3 years.  At that time I was told the warranty is only good for one replacement - additionally, you pay the difference between initial price and price at the time of replacement, plus tax of ... read more

  • Worst Heater Ever

    Dec 5, 2011 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: It was a nice looking unit but that aboout all I can say about it.
    Cons: Mean time between failures was way to high.
    Lifetime warantee is a joke. 

    Summary: Lifetime warantee, yea right. Installed in 2002 and for the 1st 5 years it was fine. Every year since it would fail for a variety of reasons, temperature sensors, control board, heating elements.  The most recent failure of the control ... read more

  • Flood Waiting to happen

    Sep 6, 2011 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: None.
    Cons: Flooded house at less than 40% of its warranted life.

    Summary: Lowes installed this Whirlpool hot water heater on 9/11/2007.  It had a 10 year warranty.It failed on 9/3/2011, less than 4 years later, dumping water and ruining the floors in my entire house, destroying 3200 square feet of hardwood ... read more

  • Duped As Well!

    Mar 27, 2011 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Well insulated.  Water stayed warm for couple days after power was diconnected. 
    Cons: Faulty Control Panel!  Fire Risk!  Whirlpool needs to recall the control panels!  Dangerous!

    Summary: We purchased this water heater from Lowes in the fall of 2010.  Just a few months later in the early spring, the control panel overheated, melted, and CAUGHT FIRE.  Luckily we were home and able to disconnect power before any damage was done to ... read more

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