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Rheem Performance Platinum XR90 29 Gal. Tall 12 Year 60,000 BTU Natural Gas Water Heater
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Performance Platinum XR90 29 Gal. Tall 12 Year 60,000 BTU Natural Gas Water Heater

  • Provides ample hot water for households with 3-5 people
  • Make sure it fits: measure your space to ensure dimensions fit
  • Same-day installation in most areas. Call 1-855-400-2552 by noon.
$749.00 /each

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Designed for residential applications, this Rheem Performance Platinum XR90 is a 29 Gal. 60,000 BTU Natural Gas Water Heater featuring an electronic self-diagnostic gas control system that monitors system performance and operation. This water heater delivers 90 Gal. of hot water within the first hour, providing more hot water than most 50 Gal. models. The small foot print of this water heater is ideal for installations in tight spaces.

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  • California residents: THIS WATER HEATER DOES NOT MEET ULTRA LOW NOX (ULN) EMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS. REGULATIONS PROHIBIT THE SALE, SHIPMENT OR INSTALLATION OF THIS WATER HEATER IN ANY AIR QUALITY DISTRICT THAT REQUIRES ULN WATER HEATERS. Please refer to the map below to confirm if your home is in a district that requires ULN emission water heaters, and if so please select an approved ULN model.
  • REQUIRES STANDARD 110-VOLT ELECTRICAL OUTLET (3-PRONG GROUNDED) FOR INSTALLATION
  • 29 Gal. tank provides ample hot water for households with three to five people
  • Integrated self-diagnostic gas valve monitors water heater performance
  • Provides up to 90 Gal. of hot water in the first hour
  • 12 year tank and parts warranty plus 3 year in home labor warranty
  • 0.70 energy factor exceeds ENERGY STAR requirements
  • Factory-installed temperature and pressure relief valve
  • Eco-friendly burner with low NOx design
  • Small foot print of 17-3/4 in. allows for installation in tight spaces
  • 110-Volt fan-assisted draft inducer comes with an 8 ft. cord with a 3-prong plug
  • Maintenance free - no filters to clean or replace
  • Designed for easy replacement of your existing water heater
  • Rated for installations up to 10,100 ft.
  • Call 1-855-400-2552 before noon for same-day service in most areas, or Visit our Water Heater Installation page for more information.
  • Meets 2015 NAECA Standards



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If our electric power goes out, would this water heater still run?

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November 20, 2015
We frequently loose (electric) power. Since this requires an outlet, if our power were to go out, would we still be able to get hot water? Is there a back-up? Our old water heater was gas only (no power required) and we were able to take hot showers even when we had no furnace heat.
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February 9, 2016
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NO.
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Depending on how long the power is out, you could use a computer UPS power supply to bridge the power outage. If this uses a brushless DC motor it probably takes ~ 25 watts, so not a problem for a 200-500 watt-hr UPS system to keep up for a few hours.
The UPS would also keep electronic ignition and electronic thermostats up and running and protect them from dirty power, surges and sags.
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December 12, 2015
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no. it is a powered vent hybrid between tanked and tankless with a very efficient burner that allows it to supply more hot water than most 80 gallon hot water heaters.
awesome water heater but you need power.
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December 3, 2015
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It requires power to REHEAT. You would still have 29 gallons of hot water to use before your power came on again or your hot water ran out
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November 30, 2015
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As per the installation instruction in the Use and Care manual your heater requires a 120v outlet. The unit CANNOT heat water without the 120V power source.
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Can I use my existing 3" stainless steel vent with this model?

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April 15, 2016
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It is meant to be used with type B vent pipe. Mine is galvanized.
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February 9, 2016
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It is unlikely it will fit the odd sized fan housing and you will need some sort of universal adapter to make the install "air tight" in order to pass an inspection (as well as to keep out fumes).
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December 12, 2015
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this needs to be type II double lined venting. cheap easy replacement.
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September 8, 2015
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Would think as long as it is not obstructed, corroded and will still maintain sufficient upward slope there shouldn't be a problem. Key is to inspect it before you reconnect to be sure.
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September 7, 2015
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It's generally a good idea to replace the vent duct, but you can use your existing one as long as it meets all the specs listed in the manual. It would be a good idea to do a thorough inspection and make sure everything is in good shape.
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Is the exhaust fan on all the time or does it cycle? How loud it is it?

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My water heater is in a closet in the laundry room and I am trying to figure out if this unit would be appropriate for an indoor installation.
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April 15, 2016
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It is only on when it is heating water. It is a little less loud than a furnace. I left a review with a video of it running. Not too loud or bothersome in my opinion.
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December 14, 2015
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No, the exhaust fan only runs during the heating cycle. The current model runs at <65db. This is measurement is from 5’ off the ground and 3’ away from the unit.
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December 12, 2015
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not as loud as most powered vent. if you are outside a solid non-insulated door your here it but can still talk in whispers. hope that's scientific enough :)
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Starts only when the unit calls for heat. Runs for 15-30 seconds before burner lights to create proper exhaust draft.
The fan is very quiet, total overall sound when fan and burner are both operating is maybe comparable to a refrigerator running.
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It's not an exhaust fan. It's a draft inducer fan to draw fresh air in through the bottom of the unit so the natural convection of the exhaust vents out properly.
The fan only comes on when the water heater is heating the water.
Indoor installtion is fine. It is as loud as your washing machine when spinning.
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Want to make sure this is a powered direct vent and no chimney is needed.

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Negative this is an induced draft NOT a power vent. Here is a link I found helpful http://www.ruud.com/documents/xr90-1437--xr90-venting
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This unit is not a powered direct vent and cannot use your existing PVC venting. The XR90 is a vent assisted with blower on the top. The XR90 requires the same double walled B venting as required by any atmospheric vented water heater.
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it is powered. it uses type II double lined venting. it gets hot.
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The XR90 series hot water heaters are neither power-vented or powered direct venting systems. They use a fan to help start the draft, however, they do not push the air at all. The XR90 series must be vented like an atmospheric hot water heater.
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Rated 4.0 out of 5 by 22 reviewers.
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Failure at startup I installed this on Wednesday 6/15/2016. When I tried to start it I got an error code that indicated a "Flammable vapor sensor lockout". I called technical support ( I would give them a 5+ star review). He walked me through a reset procedure that's not in the manual. Still not working. He then asked if I had a DVM to check the resistance reading thru the sensor. I did and it showed the sensor was no good. It was already past the ship time for that day but he sent one out the next day for early Friday morning delivery. Outstanding service. This water heater had a sticker that indicated it had tested OK by AX4222. Their testing must not involve actually checking to see if the water heater works. My family was not happy with being without hot water for 2 days. I know we're spoiled in this country, but one expects a water heater to work when initially installed. Other than that, it's a great unit and I'm very happy with it now that it works. June 27, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Compact Need to replace the hot water heater, seemed like a good choice August 22, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by PERFORMANCE PLATINUM XR90 29 GAL. TALL 12 YEAR 60,000 BTU NATURAL GAS WATER HEATER We didn't immediately look at this water heater because it's only 29 gallons. That said, the reason for this is that it's so efficient at heating water - it can recycle its 29 gallons of water three times in an hour. It's very quiet. It's a bit smaller than our old water heater such that we could fit it in our Subaru Forester. A final point is that if you install this unit you'll need an electric outlet: it has a fan that kicks in whenever water is heating. Now we hope that we don't have to think about it for a very long time. September 4, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by The Right Choice This was the right choice. I was torn between this & two other Rheem options, both of which are 55 gal capacity Performance Series models. One of them was 45k BTUs with a recovery rate of 46 gal/hr. The other was 50k BTUs with a 51 gal/hr recovery rate. Neither were Energy Star certified & both had an est annual operating cost of $277. The 45k BTU one cost $850 & the other cost $950. The XR90 has several features that drew me to it. First, the cost is $650 with an est annual operating cost of $233, and it's Energy Star certified. That's pretty good considering the performance ratings (comparable to the two options listed above, considerably better than most 50 gal 40k BTU options, and simply blows almost all 40 gal appliances away). Second, this is Rheem's Performance Platinum Series, which contains their top models for efficiency & performance. Third, the recovery rate. This little giant has a 60k BTU burner that produces 61 gallons per hour of hot water! Finally, the size. The dimensions are almost identical to the old 40 gal 32k BTU appliance that I replaced. This was, almost, a "plug-and-play" replacement. Installation was easy, and I was able to do everything by myself. I had to switch my venting to Type B double wall, but this unit can use either 3" or 4". I switched my inlet & outlet piping to Shark Bite flex line, with the inlet having an integrated ball valve. Luckily I had an accessible outlet for the 8' cord to easily reach. Post install was, a breeze! The pilot automatically lights. It works. I had her fired up & heating water in no time, with HOT steaming water at the tap in about 12 minutes! Seriously, my kids all took a bath within 30 minutes of me firing her up, and I was able to take a nice hot shower after their baths. I have the temp set to approximately 155, and it is wonderful! Admittedly I've only had this installed a short time, since 2/25/16; however I couldn't be more pleased & impressed with everything thus far. I highly recommend this water heater. My biggest hesitation was the small talk size, but I'm telling you the performance MORE than makes up for that! February 28, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by hybrid tank/tankless heater Reheats fast and we do not run out of water. Looks good and has small foot print. Needs outlet within 8 feet to operate. Not hard to put in for most do it yourselfers but an extra step during install. Had to reset the unit a few times when it was first turned on as the burner did not want to stay lit. Now it is working great. Hope to get many years out of this efficient water heater. August 9, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Failure at startup I installed this on Wednesday 6/15/2016. When I tried to start it I got an error code that indicated a "Flammable vapor sensor lockout". I called technical support ( I would give them a 5+ star review). He walked me through a reset procedure that's not in the manual. Still not working. He then asked if I had a DVM to check the resistance reading thru the sensor. I did and it showed the sensor was no good. It was already past the ship time for that day but he sent one out the next day for early Friday morning delivery. Outstanding service. This water heater had a sticker that indicated it had tested OK by AX4222. Their testing must not involve actually checking to see if the water heater works. My family was not happy with being without hot water for 2 days. I know we're spoiled in this country, but one expects a water heater to work when initially installed. Other than that, it's a great unit and I'm very happy with it. June 24, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great water heater This water heater doesn't have legs so I decided to put a base under it to keep it elevated in case my basement gets water in it. I used four 4" cement blocks I purchased at Home Depot to make the base and it worked out great. Water heater was easy to install. This particular water heater requires Type B venting (double-wall). Water heater works great and heats up very quickly when more water is demanded from it. There is a fan mounted on the top of the water heater that generates a little bit of noise but it is not excessive. March 29, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by A hybrid between tankless and traditional Had the house re-piped and took advantage to change water heater. This particular unit is unique in that it marries a small (29 gallon) traditional water heater to a high-powered (60K BTU) burner. The concept works beautifully. It takes a lot of energy to keep 50 gallons of water heated, so keeping 29 gallons warm is much more efficient. But to make up for the difference in smaller storage and still be able to meet demand and recovery, it needs to be able to heat water fast much like a tankless water heater. Most tank-based water heaters have 40K BTU burners. This one has 60K burners. It's a big enough burner to necessitate an induced draft system -- that's the fan assembly at the top to pull air in. Contrary to what you may read on the internet, this particular model is NOT a power vent unit. It is induced draft. You can go through your chimney using existing flue. No need to vent directly to outside. It needs to be plugged into an outlet. The fan makes noise, but still quite a bit quieter than a furnace blower. You do need to have enough air in the space. I leave my basement window cracked just a hair. The ignition is electronic -- no pilot. Comes with a 3" to 4" flue adaptor and 3/4" galvanized NPT heat traps on hot and cold. The unit is petite, but as tall (or taller) than any standard 40/50 gallon tank. Don't let the size fool you -- it is quite heavy. Two people lift going into the basement, for sure. The hot water is almost instantaneous, and it gets very hot. I have mine set at the 3rd lowest notch. Mine emitted some obnoxious odors first few days of use. One word of caution when transporting the unit home: DO NOT flay on its side! I know, so how am I supposed to get it home? Rent a home depot truck if you have to and stand it up/strap it well. I made the mistake of transporting home on its side in my minivan. The draft inducer assembly (cast aluminum) is so heavy that it ripped right off. The casing got banged against something and dented (but did not affect operation.) I had to use bigger machine screws to screw draft inducer back on. if you must transport on its side, be sure to either strap the draft inducer to the casing so the top can't rip off, or support the bottom somehow. I had mine professionally installed. There wasn't enough height to put it on those 18" stands Home Depot sells, so it just went on some concrete pavers. You're supposed to elevate it to prevent combustible vapors (e.g. gasoline) from entering the unit, but it does have a flammable vapor sensor. Check your local code. My plumber did not put dielectric -- he said those heat traps that were preinstalled are the dielectric. I'll have to check on that. Note there is a $10 cheaper unit with 6 year warranty. I can't tell the difference from looking at it, but mine is 12 year. Probably meaningless. Also, not all Home Depot locations carry this model. All my previous water heaters have been Bradford White and never an issue. We'll see how far this one goes. So far so good. at $639, cheaper than a tankless of similar recovery rate, much less install cost, and near-instant, very consistent hot water. August 16, 2015
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