Review of Richmond gas water heaters for potable water heating in residential homes. Explore the features and benefits of the power, direct and atmospheric vent, including Energy Star approved and low NOx units.
All power vent and tank-type Richmond gas water heaters require the electrical connection to run, and are using 110/120 V to power the electric blower and remove the products of combustion safely outside. Richmond provides 6-year limited warranty on every gas water heater from this type, which applies to the metal tank and heater’s components.
Richmond water heaters with the power vents are more expensive than models with the atmospheric or direct vented models because of the electric blower and other advanced features. The greatest advantage is the installation flexibility as the vent pipes can run horizontally through the outside wall or vertically through the roof and can utilize PVC, ABS or CPVC pipes. As the vent pipes can be long, the gas water heater doesn't have to be installed close to the wall, there is more flexibility in its installation.
Power vented models are built in the range from 40 gallons to 75 gallons, providing enough hot water to families with up to 5 family members when demand is normal. For high demanding homes and owners looking for latest technology, Richmond offers heavy-duty models and models with the electronic control, FVIR and self-cleaning system.
Richmond gas water heaters with the direct venting are those that are utilizing vents installed through the outside wall using the air tight and sealed combustion chamber, which eliminates the need for chimney and power blower.
The vent system is usually made of the two pipes, a pipe within the pipe or coaxial type, which can be rotated 360 degrees for more flexibility in its installation.
Richmond power direct vent models are those that are using the induced draft to get the outside air for combustion, in homes where indoor quality is an issue and where is not enough room space for its installation.
As the power vented models, Richmond power direct vent models are using long vents that can run up to 100 ft, through the roof or the outside wall.
Specially designed gas water heaters built for manufactured housing are also coming with the direct venting.
Richmond gas water heaters that are using the natural draft, also called atmospheric vented units, are using the chimney for a safe removal of the flue gases.
This is the group with the greatest number of water heaters, types and sizes, and you can find models with the powered damper for higher energy factors, models with the 6, 9 and 12 years warranty or models with the good, better and the best protection and features. These features will include the self-diagnostic system, FVIR, anode with the special resistor and hot surface ignition.
Atmospheric vented models are also found as high recovery and performance, ideal for high demanding homes, family with teenagers and those looking to go green, or protect the environment.
Richmond gas water heaters are also designed with the tankless technology which doesn't store hot water, but heats water on demand and provides hot water in continuous supply.
Tankless heaters are designed for whole-house water heating, from one to more than three bathrooms. The best tankless models are those with the condensing technology as the energy efficiency goes over 90%.
Richmond tankless water heaters provide great flexibility since they can be installed indoor or outdoor and with the cable link system the tankless installation can be expanded to provide even more hot water.
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