Rinnai Tankless Water Heater Reviews

Established in 1920, Rinnai was originally a manufacturer and seller of cooking stoves that use pressurized oil. The company was founded by Kanekichi Hayashi and Hidejiro Naito who, in the 1930’s, decided to venture into gas appliances. It wasn’t until 1964 that the company began designing water heaters. The company’s North American operations began in 1974.

Today, Rinnai has over 30 million tankless water heaters installed around the world, and Rinnai tankless water heater feedback clearly shows that the Rinnai brand has come to be synonymous with quality and innovation.

 

Pros and Cons of Rinnai Tankless Water Heaters

If you’re shopping around for a tankless water heater, then there is no doubt that Rinnai is an established brand that you will come across. Following the principle of tankless water heaters, Rinnai’s tankless heaters provide an unlimited supply of hot water any time and anywhere within the household. Family members can take a shower, wash a load of laundry or do the dishes without having to worry about hot water running out.

Unlike a traditional tank water heater that constantly stores and heats water, a Rinnai tankless water heater only heats water when it is needed. As a result, less energy is consumed and this translates to lower energy bills. A Rinnai RLN4i tankless water heater, for example, has an estimated annual energy cost of $201. This is dramatically lower than the $585 that you can expect to spend yearly on a traditional 40-gallon electric tank water heater.

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Traditional tank versions are generally massive in size and usually takes up considerable wall and floor space when installed. This can be a problem if you have limited space in your home. Approximately the size of a carry-on suitcase, a Rinnai tankless water heater can conveniently fit in spaces that a regular tank water heater can’t fit into, such as closets, narrow corners or even under the sink.

Lastly, Rinnai is also known for its durability. Tankless heaters, in general, are expected to have twice the lifespan of traditional tank units. With the right installation and maintenance, a Rinnai tankless heater can last for up to 20 years.

Although the Rinnai tankless water heaters reviews are genarally positive, the company’s products also have some negative feedback here and there. For instance, several customers complained that Rinnai units can only be repaired by certified Rinnai technicians. Not only are the repairs quite expensive but there are also some locations where these certified technicians are not readily available.

 

Most Popular Models

Model Max GPM Max BTU Types
Model Max GPM Max BTU Types
Rinnai V53 5.3 120,000 Outdoor Natural Gas

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Rinnai V65 6.6 150,000 Indoor Natural Gas

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Rinnai RU80 8 157,000 Indoor Natural Gas

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Rinnai RUC80 8 157,000 Indoor Natural Gas

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Rinnai V75 Rinnai V75 7.5 180,000 Indoor Natural Gas

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Rinnai RL75 7.5 180,000 Indoor Natural Gas

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Rinnai RLX94 9.8 192,000 Indoor Natural Gas
Rinnai RL94 9.4 199,000 Indoor Natural Gas

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Rinnai R/UR98 9.8 199,000 Indoor Natural Gas

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Rinnai RUC98 9.8 199,000 Indoor Natural Gas
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