Rinnai RUR Water Heaters 
Review and Buying Tips
(updated 2019)

Find out how homeowners can benefit from buying a Rinnai tankless water heater from RUR series and using in residential or light commercial applications. Explore the latest advanced features and see how the Rinnai RUR line of tankless water heaters compares to other models.

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Rinnai tankless RUR water heaters are recommended for new homes and homes that need an upgrade, and where the old tank-type or less efficient unit couldn't keep up with the hot water demand of the growing family. 

With the Rinnai RUR water heater, homeowners will enjoy all the benefits from such an advanced unit, never run out of hot water, have plenty of hot water delivered fast to multiple showers, large baths, even hot tubs. All this, plus high energy and money savings, remotely monitored and controlled by the smartphone and installed the mobile app.

Models review

Rinnai RUR water heaters are top of the line and Energy Star models that are coming from the SENSEI Super High-Efficiency Plus group.

There are two sizes and eight tankless models available; RUR160 and RUR199, both designed for indoor and outdoor installation and powered by natural and propane gas.

These tankless heaters offer cutting edge technology, which utilizes advanced electronics and smart engineering so it can use Wi-Fi for remote monitoring and scheduling, and Amazon Alexa voice control system for amazing convenience and comfort.

In addition to that, condensing technology ensures ultra-high energy efficiency for significant savings.

Rinnai RUR160i. An indoor model that can produce up to 160,000 BTU and deliver up to 9 GPM of hot water, which makes it ideal when used for 2-5 fixtures working at the same time.

Rinnai RUR160e. An outdoor model that can also produce up to 160,000 BTU and deliver up to 9 GPM of hot water, so it is recommended when used for 2-5 fixtures working simultaneously.

Rinnai RUR199i. This is an indoor model that can produce up to 199,000 BTU and deliver up to 11 GPM of hot water, which makes it ideal when used for 3-6 fixtures working at the same time.

Rinnai RUR199e. This is an outdoor model that can produce up to 199,000 BTU of power and deliver up to 11 GPM of hot water so that it can be used for 3-6 fixtures working simultaneously.

All the models can use natural gas or propane.

Features review

Ultra-efficient heating

As the Rinnai tankless water heaters from RUR series are built without storage tanks, with the condensing technology, modulating gas valve, two heat exchangers, and powerful gas burner, they can easily produce plenty of hot water with the efficiency of high 0.96.

Except the ultra-high efficiency, they also operate with the lower exhaust temperatures making the venting system easier to install.

ThermaCirc360 recirculation

What makes Rinnai RUR series unique is its compliance with the ThermaCirc360 - water heating recirculation technology, so even if there is no dedicated return line, hot water is delivered fast - instantaneous, so there is no wasted time and energy. The ThermaCirc360 features the bypass technology, internal pump, Circ-Logic recirculation technology, timer, and thermal bypass valve, all working together to save water, energy, and time.

This feature ensures faster hot water delivery throughout the home, with the significantly reduced wait time for hot water, enhanced convenience and comfort. It also reduces energy consumption and greenhouse emission.

Digital controller

With the provided 24-h digital controller and its programming option, even more, energy can be saved, as the hot water usage can be scheduled 24 hours, 7 days a week.

The temperature controller is built into the front panel of the indoor-type water heater, and except the temperature control, it is also beneficial for problem diagnostics, as it displays error codes for easy troubleshooting and faster repair.

With the provided button, you can increase or decrease the temperature, also lock the controller, even obtain performance data (flow rate, temperatures, combustion hours, fan frequency, pump cycles, and other).

Great power, water flow, and low pollution

Rinnai RUR Ultra series water heaters (you can buy it on amazon.com) with its ultra-low NOx gas burner, can produce the maximum power of 199,000 Btu (RUR199 model) or 160,000 Btu (RUR160) and deliver plenty of hot water - up to 11 or 9 GPM (it requires some parameter adjustments), which makes them great for up to 6-bath homes.

Thanks to the modulating gas valve, the power can be reduced from 199,000 Btu to low 15,200 Btu and water flow rate to 0.26 GPM, which is excellent for small jobs, such as shaving or face washing.

By installing EZConnect Cable, two units can be electronically connected, which will make them operate as one. 

Temperature controller

With the included controller, the temperature of the hot water can be adjusted from the minimum 98 F to the maximum 140 F, in residential applications.

Flexible venting

Indoor models utilize a direct venting system that has the concentric vent and twin-pipe PVC/CPVC configuration on the same indoor model, providing greater flexibility that other Rinnai non-condensing models.

Internal models can also be installed as non-direct vent models with the Category IV type of vents, and as opposed to direct venting system (air provided from outside), non-direct models can get the combustion air from indoors.

In both cases, the exhaust must be vented outside.

The outdoor units are ventless, and they use the fresh outside air for combustion and where it releases the products of combustion. It is recommended to install them inside the recess box to protect from the elements.

Installation

Rinnai RUR160 and RUR190 are both certified for installation in residential and mobile (manufactured) homes, not only for domestic water heating but also for combination water and space heating.

Features highlights

  • The maximum energy factor of 0.96 and Energy Star approval ensures excellent energy savings and reduced NOx emission.
  • Compatible with ThermaCirc360 allowing recirculation with or without the dedicated return line.
  • More venting options on the same unit by using the concentric PP and dual PVC/CPVC.
  • Easily adapts to existing plumbing with or without the dedicated return line.
  • The digital controller is included in all models. With the time and duration adjustment of the circulation system operation, the energy savings are maximized.
  • Ultra-Low NOx emission, thanks to the green condensing technology.
  • Safety features include; flame rod, boiling protection, combustion fan rpm check, thermal fuse, frost protection, OHS, and over-current protection.
  • The filter can be installed to reduce the sediment buildup.
  • Standard gas and water connections of 3/4".
  • Warranty; 15 years on the heat exchanger and 5 years on parts.

Specifications

Model/Specs Rinnai RUR199i/RUR199e Rinnai RUR160i/RUR160e
Gas input (BTU) 15,000-199,000 15,000-160,000
Water flow (GPM) 0.26-11 0.26-9
Number of fixtures 3-6 2-5
Energy factor 0.95 0.95
Temperature setting (F) 98-140 98-140
Noise level (dB) 49/53 48/52
Max. vent length (ft) 150 150
Size (inch) 18.5x11.5x31.3(28.4) 18.5x11.5x31.3(28.4)
Weight (lbs) 73 71
Warranty (years) 15/5/1 15/5/1

Conclusion

Rinnai RUR tankless water heaters are excellent solution for high-demanding homes. All the models can be purchased online at a reasonable price.

Due to its small and compact design, RUR models save on space, can be easily installed and maintain, while providing endless hot water in continuous supply, fast and with less energy and water waste.

These gas appliances are ultra-efficient and green, also smart to modify the power based on the needs, diagnose the problem where the error codes are used for easy troubleshooting.

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