Rheem Tankless Water Heaters Review

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Rheem tankless water heaters are designed for the homeowners who prefer small, space saving and compact units that provide on demand water heating with the continuous supply of hot water. Rheem is the well-known US brand in the industry that has many awards and certifications that meet local and international standards. This review covers the models for residential applications and it includes the gas- and electric-powered models.



Model and type selection

There are two types of gas-powered tankless water heaters for residential use and whole house water heating; Professional and Performance line, divided into ultra-efficient condensing and non-condensing models. The Professional series can be found in both US and Canada, while the Performance line only in US (these are also known as EcoSense series).

Prestige condensing

rheem prestige

Rheem tankless water heaters from Prestige series are ideal for the busy homes, and families with the high demand for hot water.

If you have to use hot water for showers, dishes and laundry at the same time, or big tubs, this group of heaters is the perfect selection, mainly due to the high water flow and gas input.

Prestige series is the most efficient line of all tankless water heaters from Rheem as the condensing technology increases its efficiency to high 94%.

Both Rheem H84 and H95 are built as the indoor and outdoor units, one uses the horizontal or vertical venting system while the outdoor model is ventless.

Due to the high Energy Factor EF, Rheem condensing water heaters are green and Energy Star compliant that provide great savings.
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Feature highlights

  • Condensing technology uses one stainless steel and one copper made heat exchanger for the ultra high thermal efficiency and longer life.

  • Intelligent electronic controls for improved performance, reliable and safe operation.

  • Hot start programming reduces the fluctuation in hot water temperatures, which increase the comfort.

  • High flow rates, with the maximum of 9.5 gal/min, allow sufficient hot water supply for houses with more than 3 bathrooms.

  • The Guardian overheat film wrap is used for additional safety.

  • The EZ-Link cable connects two units into one system for the higher flow rates and power.

  • An option to manifold up to 20 units.

  • Flexible installation, indoor with the horizontal or vertical venting and up to 38 ft. in length, and ventless with the outdoor installation. Indoor units can use PVC vent pipes for more savings.

  • Self-diagnostic system allows easy troubleshooting.

  • Remote control allows temperature adjustments up to 185 F on some models.

  • 12-year warranty on the heat exchanger and 5 on parts.

Model Venting Gas input
(Btu/hr)
Flow rate (GPM)
@35F rise
EF # of Bathrooms
RTGH-95DVLN Indoor
Direct Vent
11,000
199,000
0.26
9.5
0.94 3
RTGH-95XLN Outdoor 11,000
199,000
0.26
9.5
0.94 3
RTGH-84DVLN Indoor
Direct Vent
11,000
157,000
0.26
8.4
0.92 2-3
RTGH-84XLN Outdoor 11,000
157,000
0.26
8.4
0.92 2-3

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Mid-Efficiency models

Rheem RTG-95DVLN

Rheem tankless water heaters from Mid-Efficiency series are found as; RTG series 64, 84 and 95 and can be used from smaller vacation homes with one bathroom to larger homes with several bathrooms.

As the condensing series, this group contains indoor and outdoor models.

The high efficient design provides the low cost and environment friendly water heating; small and compact size saves in home space and computerized board provides the accuracy and self-diagnostic.

When using the cable connection two models can be connected into one for more power and hot water supply. Check the prices here.

Feature highlights

  • On-demand water heating uses one copper heat exchanger that provides great resistance to the corrosive water action.

  • Ultra Low NOx burner reduces the emission of the greenhouse gases.
  • Intelligent electronic controls increases the accuracy and improves the safety.

  • Three models available providing the water flow from 0.26 GPM to the maximum of 9.5 GPM, plenty of hot water for houses with 3 bathrooms.

  • Small, compact size that saves the floor space as it installs on the wall.

  • Self-diagnostic helps in problem solving.

  • Digital display of the hot water temperature and the error codes.

  • Hot start programming increases the comfort by reducing the "cold water-sandwiches".

  • The Guardian overheat film wrap (OFW) protects from overheating and element failure.

  • The EZ-Link cable allows connection of two units into one system, therefore providing more hot water, which is great for houses with luxury baths, spas, oversized tubs...

  • An option to manifold up to 20 units.

  • Flexible vent installation, indoor as direct vent or outdoor ventless.

  • Remote control allows temperature adjustments up to 185 F on some models.

  • 12-year warranty on the heat exchanger and 5 on parts, in residential applications.

Model Venting Gas input
(Btu/hr)
Flow rate (GPM)
@35F rise
EF # of Bathrooms
RTG-95DVLN Indoor
11,000
199,000
0.26
9.5
0.82 3
RTG-95XLN Outdoor 11,000
199,000
0.26
9.5
0.82 3
RTG-84DVLN Indoor
11,000
180,000
0.26
8.4
0.82 2-3
RTG-84XLN Outdoor 11,000
180,000
0.26
8.4
0.82 2-3
RTG-64DVLN Indoor
11,000
150,000
0.26
6.4
0.82 1-2
RTG-64XLN Outdoor 11,000
150,000
0.26
6.4
0.82 1-2

Rheem electric tankless water heaters

rheem electric and tankless

Rheem tankless electric units are used for point-of-use service, and are usually installed under the kitchen sink or in the bathroom.

These models can also be used in the garage, barns, workshops or offices, or distant sinks.

Rheem manufactures several models, from as low as 3 kW to large 27 kW units designed to provide up to 5 gallons of hot water per minute.

The main features include the low-flow activation, modulating power, LED power indicator and 10 year warranty.

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Rheem Performance line

The Performance line is for US customers only, and it consists of the gas and electric-powered water heaters that are also named as EcoSense. The gas water heaters are designed with and without the condensing technology (mid-efficiency) and basically, have the same features as the above tankless models from the Professional line.

Rheem tankless water heaters are ideal solution for homes and high demanding families, as this technology provides continuous supply of hot water, efficiently and only when it is needed. The great things about tankless is the sophisticate technology, the advanced features and professional grade quality.



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