Noritz NRC98 Tankless Water Heater

The Noritz NRC98 offers 9.8 GPM maximum capacity and an Energy Star .92 Energy Factor — .94 with LP gas. Ideal for mid-size homes, this whole-house tankless heater will easily serve 2-3 points of with on-demand hot water. Noritz has a very good service record and backs this water heater with a strong warranty. Noritz now calls this line of tankless water heaters the Eco Tough series because they reduce energy use dramatically over storage water heaters and even when compared with less efficient tankless heaters currently on the market.

This Noritz NRC98 tankless heater review will help you decide if this unit is one to consider for your home. See all our tankless water heater reviews for similar models from Rinnai, Takagi, Navien, Bosch and other leading brands.

The Noritz NRC98 water heater is rated for 3-bedroom homes in warm climates where getting the maximum 9.8 GPM is possible and for 2-bedroom homes in cooler climates where 6-7.5 GPM is very realistic. The robust 180,000 BTU burner is tough and durable. The minimum activation rate is .5 GPM, so this unit can be used with low-flow fixtures, further reducing waste and expense.

The Energy Star rated Energy Factor is achieved through condensing technology unique to Noritz. Before the exhaust gases are vented, a secondary heat exchanger removes even more of the heat and uses it to preheat incoming water. The exhaust is so cool that your professional installer can vent the water heater with standard PVC pipe through the wall. This saves on installation time and materials to reduce costs.

The Noritz NRC98 tankless water heater comes with a remote controller to make setting the temperature level easier. It weighs 58lbs and can be anchored to a wall. The insulated design requires zero clearance so you’ve got more mounting options.

Noritz backs this unit with a 12-year heat exchanger warranty, a 5-year parts warranty and a 1-year labor warranty. This warranty is very good, competitive with other top tankless water heaters. For greatest longevity, clean your water heater periodically to remove scale buildup. See our reviews to compare features, efficiency levels, warranties and performance of today’s leading brands.

This series also contains the 11.1 GPM Noritz NRC111 and the Noritz NRC83 with a GPM of 8.3. We’ve reviewed those units too so you can compare them head to head.

If you are in the market for a durable, high-performance tankless heater, the Noritz NRC98 is worth a look for sure. It delivers plenty of capacity for mid-size homes and will significantly reduce energy use and costs throughout the year.

 

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