Ruud Water Heaters
Review and Buying Tips

An overview of Rheem Ruud water heaters and buying tips. Explore the gas and electric-powered tankless and tank-type, including the heat pumps, condensing and high-efficiency models.


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 water heaters
  • Tankless
  • Solar
  • Ruud heat pumps

Tank-type models

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Ruud water heaters that use the water storage tanks can be found as the electrical and gas-fired units, offering the extensive line of products designed 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, in order 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.

All the models are protected with the patented anode rod and Ruudglass lining against corrosion, allowing limited warranty from 5 years for the 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 options.

Tankless type

Ruud 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 parts, they are more than welcome in our homes.

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

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

Solar models

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

Ruud solar water heaters can be combined with the electric and gas-fired boosters to provide water heating year round when solar energy 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.

A passive system is using 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 in 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 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.

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