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Blog Title: What is a hybrid water heater

Main Que: What are hybrid water heaters?

  • Category: General FAQs On Hot Water Heating System
  • Query By: ANDY FITZGERALD (Fayetteville, NC)
  • Date: 07/30/2013

Answer: "These water heaters are a combination of the electric storage-tank water heaters and a heat pump. The heat pump extracts the air from the surrounding and aids in the heating of the water. As a result, most of the hybrid electric water heater used about 60% less energy when compared to normal storage-tank electric hot water heaters. The conventional heating coils come on only when the heat pump can no longer satisfy the demand. Although they cost more than electric-only water heaters, they are fairly similar to install and also pay back Hybrid heat pump water heaters cost about $1,200 – $1,400 at home centers, but prices are dropping. On a short time. Pros: Electric hybrid heat pump units have the lowest operating cost compared to any of the electric hot water heaters on the market, especially when they are used in warm climate. On top of that, they also qualify for rebates and tax incentives. Cons: The heater needs almost 1,000 cu ft of air surrounding it; hence you cannot install it in a closet. Just like a heat pump air conditioner, hybrid electric heat pump water heater will need cleaning of air filter regularly, so as to maintain the efficiency of the unit. The heat pump is taller (and wider in some cases) than your existing electric heater. Make sure the unit will fit. Some heaters are “side-piped” to eliminate the possibility of heat pump damage caused by leaking pipes. On those models, you'll have to reconfigure the water pipes. Can you install it yourself? If you can reconfigure the water pipes and connect the wiring, you can install this yourself. But pay close attention: These units are gigantic and heavy (about 200 lbs. empty). Get some help! Is this unit right for you? If you live in a warmer climate and heat water with electricity, an electric hybrid heat pump will save you the most money over a conventional heater. In colder climates, it'll still save money during the summer when you're not paying to heat the surrounding air. The higher your electric rates and the warmer the year-round climate, the faster the payback. In many cases, the payback can be as little as four years."

  • Replied By: JERRY ADAMS (Westminster, CO)
  • Replied Date: 08/29/2013