Home Depot Tankless or Rinnai
Bosch vs Rinnai Tankless
There has been quite the buzz regarding tankless water heaters lately. Claims of their superior energy savings and efficiency have been touted by every company pushing the units. Yes they do reduce the amount of gas or propane you use but they also provide endless hot water. If you take a 45 minute shower you’re more than likely using more energy than you would with a conventional tank that simply runs out of hot water after 20. Yet if you are reasonable and shower for the same duration, you have great potential to see some real energy (and money) savings with a tankless water heater.
Now that you know you want a tankless you have two options…
Option 1 — Go to your nearest Home Depot and purchase one from there, then hire a gas fitter and a plumber to install it
Option 2 — Look for a professional tankless installer who has the experience to sell and install a specialized tankless tailored to your homes exact needs. The job will be done to code and as per manufactures recomendations ensuring your new systems operates at its intended efficiency.
There is a very good chance that the first method may seem cheaper initially but there is a really high chance that the system is installed incorrectly and or will break down sooner due to this. So for those of you that stuck around I will explain why the second choice is probably the best choice, otherwise here is the link to Home Depot tankless systems.
Firstly if you call around to a few tankless installers you will quickly realize that none of them sell Bosch tankless heaters (Bosch is the only tankless brand Home Depot sells). The reason why these companies don’t offer this brand is due to the fact they offer extended warranties and guarantees. They are on the line for the products they sell and thus they go with quality products they know will stand up and remain reliable.
Ask these same tankless installation companies if they sell the Rinnai brand tankless water heater and I bet you find that 99% of them do. Rinnai tankless water heaters are built to last and this is why industry professionals install this brand. Lets compare the Bosch and Rinnai tankless models and see some of the differences.
Bosch Aquastar Tankless Water Heater 1600H compared with Rinnai R75LSi Tankless
Bosch Tankless Verses a Rinnai Tankless
|Bosch 1600H||Rinnai R75LSi|
|Tankless Weight||33 Pounds||50 Pounds|
|Power Input (NG)||30,735-117,000 Btu||15,000-180,000 Btu|
|GPM||0.6 – 3.5 GPM||0.6 – 7.5 GPM|
|Energy Factor||0.8 or 80%||0.82 or 82%|
|Heat Exchanger||Residential Grade||Commercial Grade|
|Cost or Price||$939 + installation and Vent||$2850 or $39.95 rental|
As you can see there are some definite differences, probably the most glaring is the amount of hotwater that can be provided. The Rinnai is able to produce more than twice as much, meaning you won’t run into problems when running more than one appliance or faucet..
Of course this doesn’t take into account all the benefits that you get from a professional install like:
- Proper venting, tankless systems have very specific code requirements
- Correct sizing so that you always have enough hot water
- Additional warranty and workmanship guarantees
- Maintenance guarantees, service plans, and emergency tech service.
Sure any Ontario Home Depot has the cheapest system but I hope I clarified why they’re some much cheaper. Now those of you still left reading option 2 and didn’t click on the Home Depot link you are obviously interested in a tankless. These systems can’t go in every home due to venting issues so we send out a technician to make sure everything will work and what size tankless your home would need. This is a free service, so just fill out the form below and we will call you to schedule a time for someone to come by. Typically only 15-20 minutes.
Questions About A Tankless? Call Us: (647) 925-1930
Our technicians are fitting and sizing tankless water heaters in all of the greater Toronto area as well as, Hamilton, Burlington, Oakville, Etobicoke, Mississauga, Rexdale, Richmond Hill, Vaughan, Markham, North York, Scarborough, Im sure I have missed some cities but you get the idea, if in question just send us an email.