Reliance 9 50 DKRT Electric Water Heater
Our today’s review product is the Reliance 9 50 DKRT, which is a storage tank water heater with 50 gallons of capacity. Is a member of Relian’t 909 series which features self-cleaning dip tube which helps the tank to have longer lifespan and lower maintenance costs/needs. The sediments which are cleaned by this technology would also be able to cripple the boiler’s heating power, thus increasing the running costs by needing more electricity for heating the water up because of the worse heat-exchange at the heating element.
An 50 gallon electric water heater can be a good choice for a household or family of four members, however in my opinion is the bottom limit for houses with multiple bathrooms or houses where the hot water usage exceeds the two spot hot water usage simultaneously. For example it handles bath and dishwashing the same time, but it wouldn’t handle two showers and dishwasher running together. The annual running costs are estimated to be around $500, according to the EnergyGuide label. The overall energy usage is 4721kW/h.
This water heater is electricity powered, which means it will be a bit slower on heating the water up compared to the gas heaters. The heating element itself is a dual 4500Watts powered stainless steel part. Such a wattage is considered quite high for an electric appliance so make sure the wiring in the house will be able to handle such a load on the electric circuit.
The tank water heater’s dimensions are: 23′x23′x49′ which might be an important data for cozy basements or bathrooms but if the height of the room is not enough to house this standard sized water heater then the Reliant Lowboy (which is a fatter and shorter water heater) might still be a good choice for you. This heater’s manufacturing company is offering an exceptional 9 years warranty for both tank and the parts, which is above the average amount in the industry and definitely shows the manufacturer has confidence in it’s product.
The consumers had no major problems with the quality of this product, some of them mentioned that the bottom valve should be made from stainless steel instead of a plastic and one customer recieved a defective water heater which was damaged during transportation, but the item was replaced with no additional fee.
This water heater can be shipped in to 48 contigous states, unfortunately it is not possible to deliver it to APO/FPO. Puerto Rico, Hawaii and Alaska.