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AO Smith GPVT-50 ProLine® XE Power Vent 50-Gallon Gas Water Heater

The ProLine® XE Power Vent gas water heater is engineered to maximize efficiency while offering greater flexibility in installation options.

Featuring a 50-gallon tank and a 50,000 BTU gas burner, the GPVT-50 Power Vent delivers a first-hour rating of 90 gallons and a recovery rate of 55.9 gallons per hour. With a 0.7 Energy Factor, this water heater is ENERGY STAR® qualified. It carries a 6-year limited warranty and meets Low NOx emission requirements.


3-position Rotatable Blower Outlet

Our exclusive 3-position rotatable blower outlet adds flexibility for an easy installation.

CoreGard™ Anode Rod

A. O. Smith’s anode rods have a stainless steel core that extends the life of the anode rod allowing superior tank protection far longer than standard anode rods.

Brass Drain Valve

  • Solid brass, tamper resistant, enhanced-flow, ball type, valve.
  • Uses a standard female hose fitting that allows for fast and easy draining during maintenance.
  • Screwdriver slot features a 1/4 turn radius, for straight-through water flow and a quick and positive shut off.

T&P Relief Valve

Top-mounted T&P relief valve available as an option.

How It Works

Gas water heaters heat water by burning either natural gas or LP (propane). Gas water heaters need a source of air and also need to be vented properly.

Cold water enters the water heater through an internal “dip tube” which forces the cold water to the bottom of the tank and pushes hot water out through the outlet connection. This arrangement provides the most hot water for a given tank size.

Most gas water heaters use a pilot light. The pilot light on some models also generates the power needed to operate an electronic gas valve. When cold water enters the tank, the temperature sensor on the gas control tells the main gas valve to open. Gas flows to the burner where it is lit by the pilot light. The air needed by the burner is supplied by the room where the water heater is installed. The exhaust gasses are vented to the outside. When the proper temperature is reached, the main gas valve shuts off.

Because water can corrode the steel tank, we glass line the inside of the tank and install an anode rod to help reduce corrosion. The temperature and pressure relief valve is a safety device designed to open if the internal temperature or pressure of the tank exceeds certain limits.

Water heaters should be large enough to provide adequate hot water even when temperatures are cold and household demand is greatest.