A review of Ruud gas water heaters using the tankless and storage tank-type design, including high efficiency, condensing, low NOx, direct, atmospheric and power vented models. Explore the main features, pros, and cons.
All the Ruud gas water heaters reviewed here are designed for the whole-house hot water supply in residential and light commercial applications, either small or large in size.
Most of the gas water heaters are using the conventional technology for water heating which allows Ruud to provide energy efficiency of an average 0.82 on non-condensing tankless models and 0.67 for storage tank-type. There are also condensing water heaters found in both tank-type and tankless category, and this technology allows much higher energy factors of over 0.9.
Other advanced features found in some Ruud gas-powered models are:
Standard warranty length is 6 years, but there are models where the extended warranty is available for up to 10 years.
There is only one model from XR90 series, and it has a capacity of 29 gallons, but with the First Hour Rating of 90 gallons and Recovery Rate of 61 GPH, it outperforms the standard 50-gal unit. The XR90 is the small and lightweight unit, and when compared to the 50-gal unit, it provides more flexibility during the installation as it has a smaller footprint.
Gas water heaters from the Professional series are designed in a range from 29 to 50 gallons and are available as short and tall in height. All the models with the Powered Damper have a high EF, which is from 0.67-0.69 while all other models have the energy factor of 0.62. They all come with the Low NOx gas burner, self-diagnostic system, and Guardian system, 8- or 12-year warranty and sizes from the lowest 38 to high 98 gallons:
Ruud gas water heaters from Fury series are the most popular and probably the best selling models. As the Professional series, Fury series consists of several sub-groups. As other Ruud water heaters, models from this group contains the advanced features such as the Guardian system, diagnostics system, and Ultra Low NOx burner:
Power Vent gas water heaters can be found in the capacity range from 40 to 75-gallons, shart and tall in size, where the majority of models are Energy Star approved. They are designed for those looking for flexible installation. They also offer a self-diagnostics, Guardian and EverKleen systems, and very quiet blower.
Power Vent with electronic control comes with the LCD display, adjustable temperature, mode options, and other useful features. They are designed as tall; Energy Star approved and shorter models.
Power Direct Vent consists of several gas water heaters, tall in size and capacities from 40 to 75 gallons, where 40 and 50 gallons are high-efficiency models. These model are equipped with a silicon nitride ignitor.
Ruud gas water heaters from Imperial series can be found in three sizes; 38, 40 and 50-gallon, short and tall sizes. As most of the Ruud heaters, they are equipped with the Guardian system, EverKleen sediment build-up fighter, and environmentally friendly burner.
Gas water heaters from warrior series are specifically designed for manufactured and mobile homes. There are two types within Warrior series and with the 30, 40 and 50-gallon tank capacity; Warrior DV as direct vent models and Warrior DVX as the vertical co-axial direct vent models. None of the models from the Warrior series are Energy Star compliant.
For sizing, tips and other interesting info about tank-type water heaters use this article. In general, this is how you should size your water heater:
Ruud gas water heaters with the tankless technology are the perfect solution for your home as they provide hot water on demand, in endless and continuous supply, are energy efficient, smart, occupy a small space on the wall and are very durable. To find out more use this article about Ruud tankless water heaters.