If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve gotten a few hints about our new hot water heater from Ecotone Products. We installed it in January, and now that we’ve had time to test it out, I wanted to report on what the process was like and how much we like our new Rheem Marathon Hot Water Heater!
Out With The Old, in With The New
This is our old hot water heater. Don’t let the name fool you – there was nothing energy efficient about this unit in 2014. This hot water heater was old when I moved into this house, which was almost 21 years ago – suffice to say, this thing was old. There had been quirks with this water heater for a long time (“Quirks” are homeowner-speak for “This isn’t working properly, but it’s not malfunctioning badly enough to repair just yet”), but it finally got to a point where it was unusable, randomly pumping out scaldingly hot water and then turning ice cold without warning. We were shopping for a replacement for this old piece of junk, so when I was contacted by local business Ecotone Products and offered a unit to review, it was one of those “Perfect timing” moments.
Introducing The Rheem Marathon Hot Water Heater
Based on our household size, Ecotone Products sent us a 40 Gallon Rheem Marathon Hot Water Heater, which retails for $889. This was smaller that our old 60 gallon hot water heater, so I was a bit concerned about not having enough hot water, but I also realized that this was about 100000000X times more energy efficient than my previous water heater, so I figured it would probably work just fine!
This unit is sleek and attractive – doesn’t it look a bit futuristic? And its design isn’t just about aesthetics – the Marathon is also super light weight, ranging between 89 and 100 pounds. It was night and day moving this into our laundry room versus trying to lug out our old behemoth of a hot water heater!
The unit came with a selection of accessories for installation, including earthquake straps, a large drain pan, and quick connects.
Jai also bought some needed accessories for installing the new water heater, which came to about $40. Many of these were items he bought because we wanted to update some of the plumbing surrounding the hot water heater, so what parts you buy will vary widely depending on the age of your home.
We knew this would be a big project, because anything that involves tearing up a room and revising plumbing is always involved. Happily, the project went as smoothly as possible and was finished in roughly 2 days – that’s Jai doing it all single-handedly, and updating some of our plumbing while he was at it. He recorded a video sharing his tips on how to drain a hot water heater, so you might want to check that out if this is a DIY project you are considering!
Adjusting The Settings
We weren’t sure what to expect with this project, since this was the first time we had ever installed a water heater, so there was a trial and error period where we adjusted our settings to get the preferred amount of hot water. There are two thermostats on the unit, so you’ll want to make sure to adjust both; Ecotone also sent us a new, more efficient Alsons WaterSaving Massage Showerhead. Now that we’ve made the adjustments and upgrades, I’m very happy with the hot water heater’s performance – maybe a little too much so, since I’ve been loving the fact that I can take long, hot showers to relax!
As the name suggests, Ecotone is concerned with providing products that are energy efficient and conserve water. Just about anything would have been better than my old hot water heater, and I’m especially pleased to have both an efficient hot water heater as well as a new, water-saving shower fixture, as all of these things will save on energy and water. Marathon heaters are insulated with “Envirofoam”, which purports to lose only 5% of the heat stored inside over 24 hours if you experience a power outage – which of course, we get in Seaside all the time! This unit is also designed to be durable, rust resistant, leak resistant, and comes with a lifetime warranty if it should spring a leak. Can’t argue with that!
Rheem Marathon Hot Water Heater: More Photos
Here’s a few more product shots provided by Ecotone, if you’d like to get a view of this hot water heater without my purple laundry room as a backdrop! Click on the thumbnails for a larger view:
Ecotone Products: A Local Business
Ecotone Products are based out of Fairview, Oregon, making them a great choice for us locals! In fact, PDX residents may have already experienced some of Ecotone’s products without realizing it, as you can find their showerheads at the Paramount Hotel and Marathon water heaters in every yacht at Christensen Yachts in Vancouver.
You can visit their online store at GPConservation.com – they have a number of Rheem Marathon water heaters available, as well as showerheads, heaters, and more. You can call them at (503) 907-2899 with questions or shoot them an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.