Reliance is a bit of an old-school brand, with large tanks, reasonable pricing and consistent performance. Consumers have praised it for being what it claims to be: a standard, low-hassle water heater that is not too difficult to install.
One feature that the brand consistently touts is its self-cleaning feature, which removes harmful sediments from the water that is heated. Reliance makes both gas and electric heaters, depending on your preference. Models come with varying warranties, from 6 to 12 years. The standard size for Reliance heaters is 50-gallon tanks, which is usually enough to keep an average household happy.
Reliance earns good marks for efficiency, reliability and energy savings. Adjectives that are used to describe it include “no frills” and “quality.” It remains to be seen what adjustments Reliance will make as consumers seek even more energy efficiency and are buying tankless heaters at record rates.
One interesting complaint about the Reliance heaters are the difficulties in shipping them long distances. More than one consumer has complained of receiving a battered unit that may or may not have been adversely affected by the dents and scratches inflicted during a cross-country delivery.
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