Ruud Water Heaters Reviews

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We research and review models from Rheem Ruud water heaters manufacturer. Find tankless, gas, electric and high efficiency models.

Ruud manufacturer history

Ruud water heaters are part of the Rheem and Paloma HVAC group, the world's leading manufacturer of the heating and cooling products for residential and commercial use.

More than 100 years ago, Edwin Ruud, Norwegian mechanical engineer, developed the first automatic storage tank type gas water heater, and started the production in 1889.

Ruud was the leading manufacturer of the appliances for hot water production in the first half of 20th century. Even being bought by Rheem in 1959, Ruud water heaters brand, HVAC equipment and its replacement parts are still present on the market, as the reliable and high quality units.


There are four groups of Ruud hot water heaters for residential use, using natural and propane gas, solar energy and electricity that we will cover in this article:

Tank type models

ruud gas water heater Ruud water heaters that use the water storage tanks can be found as the electrical and gas fired units, that offer an extensive line of products used for potable water heating in homes and businesses.

Ruud manufacturer, as other heating companies, implements special flammable vapor ignition resistant technology, FVIR in short, on its tank type gas heaters, to prevent the ignition of flammable vapors, such as spilled gasoline, outside the unit.

Below is the list of gas water heaters produced by the Rheem Ruud manufacturer, atmospherically, direct and power vented:

  • Ruud Professional series

  • Pacemaker series

  • Power Direct Vent Series

  • Power Vent Series

  • Warrior Series

  • Master Series

Ruud models from the Pacemaker, Power Direct vent and Power Vent with Electronic Control series are designed as the high efficient, Energy Star water heaters.

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All the models are protected with the patented anode rod and Ruudglass lining against corrosion, allowing limited warranty from 5 years for manufactured housing gas heaters to 12 years max. with the ProtectionPlus extended warranty.

... and the list of Ruud electric hot water heaters:

  • Ruud Professional series

  • Marathon series

  • Pacemaker series

  • Point-of-Use

  • Table Top

  • Indirect Heaters

  • Master Series

  • Warrior Series

Tank type units, run by natural gas or electrical ones are still the most popular and affordable heating solution.

Tankless type

ruud tanklessRuud tankless water heaters are energy efficient and space saving heaters, offering several important features, including EZ-Link cable that connects two or more units for high demand homes; self diagnostic system, great for troubleshooting with an easy to read codes, new generation burner technology for low NOx emission, an Overheat Film Wrap for protection and much more.

Ruud water heaters with a tank-less technology are durable, you can expect 15 to 20 years of good performance, and with the 12-year limited warranty on the heat exchanger and 5 years on the component parts, they are more that welcome in our homes.

Depend on the size of your home and your needs, you can buy from the smallest 8.4 gallons per minute model, enough for up to 2-3 bath homes, to 9.5 gallons per minute model which is enough for heating and supplying water for up to three bathroom homes.

All the models are Energy Star approved, which ensure energy savings and environment friendly use.

Solar models

ruud solarRuud manufacturer produces two types of solar water heating systems: active and passive. Both systems provide significant savings due to its ability to reduce the hot water energy consumption by 50% to 90%.

Ruud solar water heaters can be combined with the electric and gas fired booster to provide water heating year round when the solar power is not sufficient or available.

Ruud SolPak is the active solar water heating system which uses a circulating pump to move the water through the system. It is also called a "forced circulation" system and it requires more power to operate.

Passive system is using the gravity to run the water from the solar panels to the storage tank. Ruud designs Solaroid systems as the passive way of running the heated water.

Ruud solar heating system initial cost is high, but as they are using a free solar power and green energy they will pay off on the long run. You can also benefit from the government incentives and other available rebates, as these solar heaters are Energy Star.

Ruud Heat Pump Water Heaters

ruud heat pumpRuud heat pump water heaters are using electricity to operate. This unit is the only electrical heater that is Energy Star qualified, as its energy factor is 2.0, twice the efficiency of the standard electrical units.

Ruud heat pump has two models available, with a 40 and 50-gallon tank capacity.

You have an option to run the heat pump and the heating elements either separate or combined by using one of the three available heating modes. More about Ruud heat pumps here.

(Photo credit to Ruud)

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