As its name suggests, Encore® models provide additional performance.  The Encore line has more features, better performance and longer tank warrantied tank life.  

Richmond Encore Natural Gas and LP Atmospheric Water Heaters get their name from how they vent--hot exhaust air rises.  Its self-cleaning system fights sediment build-up and its premium internal protection features combine to double the warrantied tank life.  As Richmond's premium line, it features a 12-Year tank warranty to give you long term peace of mind.  It also comes with a 2-Year In-home Labor warranty for even further peace of mind. Models are available in 38, 40, and 50-gallon capacities and are available in short ( lowboy ) and tall sizes to fit your installation needs.  

Encore Atmospheric gas water heaters are efficient and offer 12 years of tank warranty.


  • .58 - .66 UEF
  • More hot water at a low operating cost


  • FHR: 52 to 91 gallons for natural gas
  • Recovery: 36.4 to 51 GPH at a 90° F rise, depending on model

Flammable Vapor Detection System

  • Exclusive air/fuel shut-off device
  • Maintenance free – no filter to clean
  • Disables the heater in the presence of flammable vapor accumulation

Low Emissions

  • Eco-friendly burner, low NOx design
  • Meets 40 ng/J NOx requirements

Longer Life

  • Self Cleaning helps prevent sediment build-up at the bottom of the tank
  • Premium grade anode rod provides long-lasting tank protection


  • Easy to light – no matches required
  • EverKleen™ patented system fights sediment build-up
  • Enhanced flow brass drain valve
  • Temperature and pressure relief valve included
  • Low lead compliant
  • Standard replacement parts

VIDEO: Self Cleaning Feature - Supports Longevity and Maintains Efficiency

VIDEO: Brass Drain Valve - Easier Maintenance and Ongoing Durability

VIDEO: FVIR Safety System - Safety & No Filters to Maintain


  • .58 - .66 UEF
  • Eco-friendly burner, low NOx design
  • 40, 50 and 55-Gallon Capacities

Energy Guide Details


US CSA (Star)AHRINatural GasLEED Points = 1Propane Gas


EncoreĀ® Atmospheric


Tank - 12 Years limited

Parts - 12 Years limited