Looks like I may be a snob?
When I was a young man in the 60’s the expression “Made in Japan” was another form of saying “made of junk!”
Fast forward to today and that same expression means “made of quality.”
I am not sure when things changed but I feel pretty good buying expensive products like cars and televisions if I know the country of origin is Japan. My experience tells me that along with the perception Americans have in general.
Until very recently, the only gas tankless water heaters of note came from Japan. I now see the floodgates opening with products from China and Korea. That concerns me.
I have been approached by some factories in China to import and brand their products. I must admit that the prices made my knees shake. The difference in costs are pretty substantial.
I then began the process of checking out feedback and comments on similar products. Not so good.
More than once someone suggested that they were a quality control guinea pig. Not so bad for a consumer who wants to install tankless on the cheap but you have to feel sorry for the professional who talked their customer into it.
Since I have a history of going to tankless manufacturers sites I find the I am being bombarded with some of these manufacturers.
Maybe someday, but not today.
I know Rinnai and I know the services they render. As the old expression goes “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it.” Rinnai has years and years of history under their belt and when I sell their products and they are installed properly, I know I have a happy customer.
I shudder to think of what could happen. The stuff of nightmares.
And yes, Rinnai is Made in Japan!