Reliance 6 6 SOMS K Review – What You Should Know About The 6 Gallon Electric Water Heater

Reliance 6 6 SOMS K 6 Gallon Compact Electric Water Heater

For anyone needing a small hot water heater, the Reliance 6 gallon water heater can be a good choice. It is ideal for one bedroom appartment with a single shower or a small cabin. Read on to see if it is a good fit.

Reliance water heaters are available in three categories: mobile home, compact, and point-of-use. With overal dimensions of 15 1/4″ (Height) x 14″ (Width) x 14″ (Depth), the 6 6 SOMS K is part of the compact model line-up. The biggest model in the line-up is the 6 30 EOMBS E that comes with a 28-gallon tank.

Compact units from Reliance are ideal for under-counter or crawl space installation. Some people use this 6 gallon model as a secondary heater. The electric water heater runs on standard house 120 Volts AC. The heating element uses a maximum of 1650 watts to operate, meaning it will draw 13.75 amps from your outlet.

Reliance 120 volt models only comes with one heating element. The temperature comes preset at 120 degrees. The heater is outfitted with two-inch foam insulation for added efficiency. It will help reduce standby losses. The glass-lined tank is protected from corrosion by anode rod.

In terms of installation, it is not a plug and play item. That said, people have found that installation is relatively easy. The cold water inlet and hot water outlet are located on the side of the heater. Inlet and outlet are both 3/4″. A pressure relief valve is also included that provides temperature and pressure protection.

This little 6-gallon unit currently has an impressive 4.5 stars with 145 reviews on Amazon. It may not be the best looking compact electric water heater. There is no front panel for temperature control. Faulty pressure relief valve is one problem that some customers have experienced.

Despite some criticisms that have been leveled at this product, customer feedback indicates that it is a great buy for the money. It heats up in a reasonable amount of time. Recovery is quick, considering it is a 120 volt heater. Talking about recovery rate, 8 gallons of water can be raised 90-degrees in one hour.

It might not be the best product available for a small space. The Ariston GL6+S Mini-Tank that replaces the GL6 model, for instance, draws only 12.5 amps. It can keep 7 gallons of hot water. That said, this Reliance water heating system can still be a good solution for people who only use limited hot water.

The current price is comparable to the ECO MINI 6 by EcoSmart that only comes with a 5-year limited warranty for leaks and a 1-year warranty for parts. Reliance backs this heater with a 6-year tank and parts limited warranty. So, if you need a small, fast-recovery electric heater to serve a single sink or a shower, then this product is worth considering.

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