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

Encore Powered Damper Natural Gas and LP Water Heaters get their name from an electric flue damper.  The flue damper keeps exhaust heat trapped inside the tank--giving it better performance and increased efficiency.  Better efficiency helps you save money on energy bills!  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 Powered Damper gas water heaters are energy efficient and offer 12 years of tank warranty.  


  • .65 - .69 UEF


  • FHR: 66 - 79 gallons
  • Recovery: Up to 40.4 GPH at a 90° F rise, depending on model

Self-Diagnostic System

  • Electronic gas control for improved monitoring and service

Low Emissions

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


  • 24 VAC flue damper, 110 VAC outlet required
  • Includes 19-foot cord, 3-prong plug
  • Standard Cat. I, double-wall, B-vent, 3” (4” adaptor included)

Flammable Vapor Detection System

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

Longer Life

  • Premium grade anode rod provides long-lasting tank protection
  • EverKleen® Self-Cleaning system fights sediment buildup to help prolong efficiency & tank life

High Altitude Compliant

  • Certified to 10,100 ft. above sea level (50-gallon 50K Btu/h model certified to 5,999 feet above sea level)


  • EcoNet™ enabled WiFi-connected technology gives users control over water systems, allowing for customizable temperature, energy savings and system monitoring at home or away. Visit
  • Dual certified for both potable water and space heating
  • Enhanced-flow brass drain valve
  • Temperature and pressure relief valve included
  • Low lead compliant
  • Standard replacement parts


  • .65 - .69 UEF
  • Damper keeps exhaust locked in to aid in water heating 
  • 38 Gallon, 40 Gallon and 50-Gallon Capacities

Energy Guide Details


AHRIEnergy StarLEED Points = 1US CSA (Star)


EncoreĀ® Powered Damper


Tank - 12 Years limited

Parts - 12 Years limited