Rinnai Value Series Review

Rinnai Value Series Review

Overview

The Value Series by Rinnai is their high efficiency base model offering that is ideal for small to medium sized homes. The Value Series is compact and offers great value in terms of efficiency and performance. This model has an impressive uniform energy factor of 0.79 – 0.82 (depending on which configuration you choose) which will save you plenty on your energy bills.

The Value Series also comes in configurations of 5.3, 6.6, 7.5 & 9.4 GPM, so you should have no trouble finding a model suitable for your home. If you are unsure and need some help, check out our buyers guide which includes some recommendations by us iwaefficient.

The Value Series comes in the following configurations to meet your needs and preferences:

Specifications

The following are some important specifications to consider as well:

  • Sound level 55 dB
  • Temperature 120 F factory default up to 140 F
  • Direct electronic ignition (goodbye pilot light!)
  • Water supply pressure min-max 20 – 150 PSI (recommended 30-80 PSI for best performance)
  • 3 / 4 inch gas supply line connection & is also 1 / 2 inch compatible as well
  • Water inlet & outlet are both 3 / 4 inch
  • Minimum activation flow is 0.4 GPM

Warranty

The Value Series comes with a 10 year warranty on the heat exchanger, a 5 year warranty on parts and a 1 year warranty on labor.

Advantages & Disadvantages

Pros

  • Budget friendly, high efficiency with great value & performance
  • Energy factor of 0.79 – 0.82 (depending on configuration)
  • Extensive warranty
  • Comes in multiple configurations
  • Ideal for small to medium sized homes
  • Ideal for all climates, including colder ones

Cons

  • No recirculation technology
  • No condensing technology

Conclusion

Like the name suggests, the Value Series tankless water heaters by Rinnai is a budget friendly unit that provides a lot of value and efficiency for the money. This model series is ideal for those who require a gas or propane fired tankless heater but have a smaller to average sized home, and/or have so much to put towards a new heater. This model offers a comprehensive warranty, has an electric ignition instead of a pilot light, and is perfect for all climates, even colder ones.

What people have to say

“I purchased the Rinnai tankless water heater based on my plumber’s recommendation. It has been installed for about a week now. The water doesn’t take long to heat up.”
“I’ve had hundreds of service calls for for tankless water problems but never for a Rinnai tankless. I now own 2 Rinnai tankless water heaters and am very pleased with them.”
“Just installed at my office, have also had the same one at my house, for the past 11 years. Ive never had a problem. I’ve have many people tell me about nightmares they’ve had, with other brands. If you’re looking for a TLWH, this is the one.”
“Meets expectations, only drawback is short time for hot water to reach master shower at far end of house. Saves electricity and space which would be taken up by water heater.”
“This is my second Rennai water heater. I just replaced my first one after 12 years with no problems.”
“Only fires up when needed. Previous electric heaters were plumbed backwards caused quick element burnout and limited hot water. Can’t have that situation with Tankless water heaters.”
“The wait time for the water to heat up can be a bit annoying, but nothing to discourage us from buying it. Once the water is heated up, it’ll last forever. Something our builder did not tell us is that it needs to be professionally cleaned yearly, the plumber told me that if you don’t have it cleaned yearly (because it’s on the outside of your home) that you will very likely have issues with it, and possibly it’ll break- but if you do have it serviced yearly- it could last forever.”