Reliance Water Heater Company is the subsidiary of the largest producers of the water heating equipment in North America, A.O. Smith Corporation. The Reliance designs and manufactures the electric and gas powered water heaters for residential and commercial applications, as the storage tank or tankless type, also the pump tanks.
Electric-powered Reliance water heaters come in many sizes and models with the warranty ranging from 6 to 12 years.
Reliance electric water heaters with the longest warranty of 12 years utilize quality elements and features such as the heavy duty anode and self-cleaning system.
Most models, especially the tall and standard electric type, utilize two heating elements providing the efficiency of 0.9, while those water heaters that also utilize the heat pump, are, with the energy factor of over 2.3, ultra-efficient and Energy Star compliant.
Reliance water heaters that are powered by natural or propane gas are also found in many sizes and types; from storage tank type to tankless.
This review, covers only the best of Reliance gas type and that includes mainly Energy Star approved where the energy factor is at least 0.67, including high water recovery for high demanding homes and low NOx emission units.
The best models include water heaters from the atmospheric, power and power direct group where the most efficient are condensing.
The tankless group of Reliance water heaters does not utilize the storage tank, but the heat exchanger allows hot water heating and supply on demand.
Reliance tankless units are small and compact for the easy and space saving installation. High efficiency operation is its greatest advantage, especially condensing type. This type carries the longest warranty of 15 years.
The best features found among the tank-type Reliance water heaters are the Sta-Kleen and automatic self-cleaning system, which helps in sediment build-up reduction and non-sacrificial power anode that protects the metal tank from corrosion, while on the tankless models is the condensing technology and the advanced electronics that makes the problem diagnostic easy.
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