Wi-Fi module connects tankless water heaters
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Homeowners can take control of their tankless hot water system with a new Wi-Fi module from Rinnai.
Plumbing professionals also benefit with greater connectivity to one of the most important appliances in the home.
Rinnai America, a top seller of tankless water heaters in the United States and Canada, introduced the industry's first wireless module and app for gas tankless water heaters.
By integrating Wi-Fi connectivity, new and existing residential and commercial Rinnai Tankless Water Heaters, dating back as far as ten years, can be enabled to be monitored and controlled via smart devices for water heating management, control and maintenance. The wireless module will be available through Rinnai America Corporation's wholesale distribution early next year.
"Rinnai's new tankless Wi-Fi capabilities allow consumers to further expand in-home connectivity of major appliances that shape their daily living habits, while also helping dealers develop deeper relationships with their customers by allowing them to communicate with each other more quickly and proactively - ultimately, providing their customers with peace of mind and enabling dealers to grow their business," said Susan Mittelbrun, Vice President of Marketing at Rinnai America Corporation. "Because the device directly links them to their customers, dealers can enhance solutions and services."
The new Wi-Fi module, which can be bundled with a new Rinnai tankless water heater purchase, or installed on an existing model, attaches easily to the Rinnai Tankless Water Heater by a two-wire interface quickly connecting through the local Wi-Fi network. Once connected and the free Rinnai app is downloaded and activated, the Rinnai Tankless Water Heater is associated to the Rinnai independent dealer, and monitoring and communications are initiated.
Additionally, the user can control their tankless water heater from a smartphone or tablet to turn the system on and off, change the water temperature, monitor status and activate the recirculation system.
For dealers, the wireless access serves as a remote diagnostics tool and saves time. The Wi-Fi module pushes system codes and other service information automatically to the dealer, either locally or remotely, allowing them to proactively contact their customers and know in advance service needs before ever leaving their place of business. Dealers are also able to reference diagnostic codes, product information, step-by-step instructions, with links to manuals, training, videos and more.
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