Nicolette Forbes

By: Nicolette Forbes on August 1st, 2022

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Are Noritz Tankless Water Heaters Any Good?

Tankless Water Heaters

Are you interested in getting a tankless water heater but are curious if getting a Noritz is the best choice for you and your home? We understand that choosing the right tankless water heater can be an overwhelming task. There are so many different tankless water heater brands on the market, and they all cater to different needs within a household.

Noritz is a titan in the tankless water heater industry, and their water heaters are loved by those who own them. In this article, we will: 

  • Briefly touch on what a tankless water heater is
  • Discuss the different types of Noritz tankless water heaters 
  • Share some of the popular Noritz models on the market, along with their benefits and drawbacks
  • Talk about the advantages and disadvantages of having a Noritz tankless water heater 
  • Help you decide if Noritz is right for you

Monkey Wrench Plumbing, Heating & Air has been helping clients with all their tankless water heater questions for over 15 years. We are dedicated to giving you all the answers you seek regarding tankless water heaters, or in this case, Noritz tankless water heaters, so you can make the best choice for your household needs.


What is a Tankless Water Heater?

Tankless water heaters are high-tech water heaters that don’t hold water. Instead, tankless water heaters heat water as it passes through the unit. Because of this, tankless water heaters give you:

  • Unlimited hot water
  • Reduced monthly bills
  • More space
  • Curb appeal
  • Guaranteed results

It's important to note while a tankless water heater gives you endless hot water, it does not give you instant hot water. But we won’t go deeper into all the pros and cons of having a tankless water heater. Continue your tankless water heater knowledge here as we discuss the benefits of having a tankless water heater further.


What Are The Different Types Of Noritz Tankless Water Heaters?

Noritz offers several types of tankless water heaters, including natural gas water heaters and propane water heaters. Noritz noticeably does not offer an electric tankless water heater due to the fact that Noritz prefers to provide whole-home solutions compared to point-of-use models that electricity can support.


Noritz Natural Gas Tankless Water Heaters

More homeowners use natural gas to heat their home’s water than any other fuel, possibly due to the convenience of using the main gas supply line. Natural gas also costs less than both propane and electricity. On the downside, natural gas water heaters produce more toxic emissions, such as carbon monoxide, into the air.


Noritz Propane Tankless Water Heaters

Propane provides a cleaner fuel option since it does not produce pollutants like natural gas. It also generates more power using less fuel, making it the more efficient option. On the other hand, propane comes with a higher cost and requires regular delivery. Plus, you need to regularly change the propane tanks. 


Top Noritz Models

With the two different types of Noritz tankless water heaters on the market, you must be wondering, “What are some of the top models out there?”


Noritz EZTR Series

The Noritz EZTR (Easy Tank Replacement) series is one of the best Noritz tankless water heaters on the market. When it comes to installing this tankless heater, connecting water lines will be much easier as the connections are at the top instead of the bottom. Not only does this feature make the Noritz EZTR easier to install, but it also will help you save money with any adjustments that need to be made to your home to fit the tankless water heater, particularly if you are switching from a conventional water heater to a tankless. 

Having to move water connections from the top of the water heater to the bottom will require more labor and materials used in the installation, which leads to more costs. Additionally, there is a half-inch gas connection already attached to the water heater, which means it can take the existing gas line that was already there and connect it to the water heater without having to completely adjust your home. The Noritz EZTR also comes with a 25-year warranty.

EZTR is all about using what is already existing, whether that is water, gas, venting, etc., so your certified technician can install the tankless water heater faster. 

Three tankless water heaters from the Noritz ERTR series.


Noritz NRCR Series

If you are a homeowner who is looking for that instant hot water, then look no further than Noritz’s NRCR (Noritz Residential Condensing Recirculation) series. This tankless water heater series fills the need for immediate hot water with a special heater. Noritz uses a special NRCR heater (hence the name) that they manufactured in their factory to give you that instant hot water, so make no mistake, this is an exclusive product. 

The Noritz NRCR series also comes in a variety of sizes, so it can fit nicely in any household, whether that be a single household or a larger-sized family. As for warranties, the NRCR series has a warranty of 15 years and comes with a recirculation pump that allows you to get hot water faster in your home.

Check out this article here as we dive deeper into what a recirculation pump is and how it affects your hot water supply. 

A Noritz NRCR tankless water heater.



Noritz NR Series

The Noritz NR (Noritz Residential) is another great tankless water heater made by the company. It is a tried and tested tankless heater that has been on the market for years. The Noritz NR can now be installed both indoors and outdoors, saving you space inside your garage/shed or wherever you keep your water heater inside your home.

Did we also mention that according to our Noritz experts, this is the most popular tankless water heater that they have? This is because the Noritz NR is perfect for any size home, even those with high hot water demand. These units are designed with commercial-grade copper heat exchangers that allow for top performance and are backed by a 12-year heat exchanger warranty. 

Plus, these units are even equipped with a service reminder function and are adjustable for high-altitude installations.

Noritz NR indoor and outdoor tankless water heaters. 


Advantages and Disadvantages Of Noritz Tankless Water Heaters

Noritz tankless water heaters come with both advantages and disadvantages that can help you determine if Noritz makes the right products for you.


Advantages of Noritz Tankless Water Heaters

Noritz tankless water heaters have a number of benefits, including:

  • Noritz makes a point to use high-quality components, such as commercial-grade copper cases and copper heat exchangers, that prolong the life of their devices, making them some of the longest-lasting tankless models on the market. 

  • Noritz makes its products as easy to install as possible by placing connections on the top of the unit instead of the bottom. They also allow the plumber to customize ventilation to your specifications using different accessories. 

  • Noritz only makes gas tankless water heaters, and they perfected the process, creating numerous innovative products throughout the years and continuing to put that innovative spirit into new models.

  • Ideal for both small and large households


Disadvantages of Noritz Tankless Water Heaters

Every company has room for improvement, and with Noritz, some cons to having a Noritz include:

  • Noritz only offers gas tankless water heaters. Anyone interested in conventional tank gas water heaters or electric water heaters will not find an option through Noritz. They also don’t offer a distinct point-of-use water heater.

  • Noritz only offers wifi on a limited number of its water heaters. However, we can assume they intend to include it in most future models from now on.

  • Noritz costs a little more than comparable items from other brands. To add to the cost, all models must get a professional installation that costs an average of $1,144.00. Check out this article here to learn more about what affects the price of a tankless water heater.


Is Noritz Right For You? 

Noritz tankless water heaters stand up to the competition in numerous ways. New models provide advanced features, but all models heat water effectively and efficiently. You can also trust Noritz tankless water heaters to run properly for up to 20 years. As long as you like gas-powered tankless water heaters, you can’t go wrong with Noritz, as they are suitable for both large and small households.

Want to know what size tankless water heater is right for you and how much you should expect to spend on one? If you have decided that you are ready to move forward with Noritz but are unsure of what size tankless you need for your home and want to know what to expect with the costs involved, check out the articles below!

Three Steps to Determine Which Size Tankless Water Heater You Need

How Much Does a Tankless Water Heater Cost?

If you live in the Los Angeles area, and you’re ready to see what a Noritz tankless water heater looks like for your home, click the ‘Book’ button below and one of our certified tankless water heater technicians would be happy to help you. Still have questions about tankless water heaters? Give us a call at 310-853-8690.