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The Rinnai tankless water heater offers an endless supply of hot water through multiple outlets simultaneously. With the R94LSi, homeowners will be able to run up to two showers at the same time without any loss of temperature consistency. Performance
9.4 GPM Maximum Hot Water Capacity at 35° Rise
4.4 GPM Maximum Hot Water Capacity at 75° Rise
Features & Benefits of the R75LSi
Smooth-Pleasant Lines and Rounded Corners
Continuous Hot Water on Demand Delivered at up to 9.4 GPM
Newly Designed Commercial-Grade Heat Exchanger
New Integrated Condensate Collector
Whole House or Commercial Water Heating Solution
Integrated Digital Temperature Controller +/-2° F Included
Direct Electronic Ignition - No Pilot Light
On-Board Diagnostics and Safety Monitoring
Interior Sealed Combustion Unit - Does Not Use Interior
Battery Backup Possible for Operation in Power Interruptions
EZ Connect (connects 2 units together without use of a control board)
0.82 EF Providing Significant Energy Cost Savings On When You Need It, Off When You Don't... No Standby Loss!
12-Year Limited Warranty On The Heat Exchanger
5-Year Warranty On All Parts
Review of Product by Healthy House Institute: The Rinnai tankless water heater provides a continuous supply of hot water at a preset temperature. Once electricity, water, and gas supplies are connected, the Rinnai water heater produces hot water whenever a hot water tap is open.
Ignition is electronic. There is no pilot light consuming gas while the water heater is not being used. The gas burner lights automatically when the hot water tap is opened and goes out when the tap is closed.
The temperature can be precisely set from 98-140 degrees F, and the outgoing hot water is constantly monitored by an electronic controller.
This lightweight (46 lbs) gas appliance uses a direct vent configuration where air is brought in from the outside and combustion gases are exhausted to the outside. Wall-mounted installation and a small footprint (10"D x 14"W x 26" H) save space.
The unit performed flawlessly in our tests, and produced hot water on demand as promised.
Flow was diminished when two people were running separate high-flow baths or showers at the same time, so it's best to run only one tub or shower at a time. This is because the unit adjusts the water flow to maintain the temperature setting. Flow may also vary from summer to winter due to the difference in ground water temperature. The R94LSi can provide 3.7 GPM (gallons per minute) at an 85 degree temperature rise (assuming 35 degree groundwater raised to 120 degree output).
The Rinnai tankless water heater saves energy on hot water, but the savings may be hard to quantify since having 'unlimited' hot water means owners may often use more water via long showers, Jacuzzi-type spas, etc. Comparing apples-to-apples in hot water use, however, the tankless unit can save up to 30% over a tank water heater. Timing the length of hot showers before and after installing the unit may enable a more accurate comparison of usage versus energy costs.
If you are physically close to the water heater, you may hear the regular cycling of its internal fan, but this was judged not to be an issue in most homes, especially when the unit is installed in a garage or utility area outside the main living space.
Rinnai recommends the unit be installed by a state qualified or licensed contractor trained by Rinnai, and based on stories we've heard about possible impacts of installation errors, this is sound advice.
Issues and Troubleshooting
The Rinnai water heater has the ability to check its own operation continuously. If a fault occurs, an error code will flash on the display of the control panel. This assists with diagnosing the fault, and may enable you to correct a problem without a service call; but also makes it easier to identify the problem when inquiring about service.
We also found these troubleshooting tips from the Rinnai owner's manual helpful:
Problem: I don't have any hot water when I open the tap.
Answer: Make sure there is gas, water, and electricity to the Rinnai water heater (power is turned on and the gas is turned on).
Problem: When I was using the hot water, the water got cold.
Answer: If you adjusted the flow from the tap to lessen it, you may have gone below the minimum flow required. The Rinnai Water Heater Requires a minimum flow rate to operate. Decrease the temperature setting at the remote controller or increase the water flow.
Problem: When I open a hot tap, I do not immediately get hot water.
Answer: Hot water must travel through your plumbing from the water heater to the faucet. The time period for hot water to reach your fixture is determined by the amount of water in the plumbing system between the water heater and the fixture, water pressure, and the flow rate of the fixture.
Problem: After I turn off the hot water tap, the fan on the Rinnai water heater continues to run.
Answer: The fan is designed to continue running for a short time after the flow of water stops. This is to ensure constant water temperatures during rapid starting and stopping, as well as exhausting any residual gas flue products from the unit.
Since the ignition is electronic and AC-powered, what happens when the neighborhood power goes out? Rinnai says you can use a battery power backup like you use for your computer, so power outages do not necessarily mean you'll run out of hot water.
This Rinnai tankless water heater will provide hot water as needed at lower overall cost. Installed and operated according to the manufacturer's directions, it will produce virtually all the hot water you need, and with its unobtrusive and reliable operation, you will likely forget you're using a tankless model.
Note: The opinions expressed herein are those of the reviewer and do not necessarily reflect the views of the The Healthy House Institute.
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