The Ruud® brand is proudly named for Edwin Ruud, a native Norwegian who launched the era of on-demand hot water that so many people enjoy in their homes today. Edwin came to America in the 1880s to work for the famed industrialist, George Westinghouse as a mechanical engineer. While working for Westinghouse, Ruud pioneered the first successful automatic storage water heater, which consisted of a cast iron shell, enclosing burners and a thermostat that controlled the gas valves.
Ruud continued to refine and improve his designs, becoming a leading pioneer in water heating products for the home as well as for commercial and industrial applications. The breakthroughs continued up to and after Ruud’s passing in 1932, eventually leading to expansion—and the introduction of RUUD heating and air conditioning equipment in the 1950s.
Ruud pioneered the first successful automatic storage water heater in 1889. His work even earned him a Gold Medal at the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904.
Over a century later, the Ruud name remains synonymous with quality and reliability. It’s the way Edwin Ruud would have wanted it—and we work hard to promote a customer-focused culture of continual improvement to ensure we constantly exceed expectations. All genuine Ruud heating, cooling and water heating products meet and surpass rigorous industry standards for performance and reliability so our customers can enjoy peace of mind.
Today, our commitment
to excellence continues.
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Ruud is an industry leader and one of the few national brands that provides a full line of solutions for heating, cooling and water heating.
From the original reliable water heater to a full line of heating & cooling and water heating solutions—including those for pool & spa—people have always relied on Ruud.
People count on Ruud for residential and commercial heating, cooling, conventional storage-style water heaters, tankless water heaters and solar water heating systems. Ruud has reliable, cost-effective solutions for:
- Household hot water and heating & cooling needs
- Commercial heating & cooling and water heating applications
- Residential, commercial, institutional, industrial and manufactured housing
- Products and support for new construction, major renovation, simple repair and replacement
Reliable customer support is priority one at Ruud. We have local professionals serving communities all across the country dedicated to providing timely, effective support and peace of mind to all homeowners, business customers, plumbers, contractors and distributors.