Possible hybrid water heater purchase


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Old 02-22-24, 07:21 AM
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Possible hybrid water heater purchase

Currently Menards has a Rheem Hybrid 50 gal on sale plus rebate @ $1,400 final cost.
Our Rheem straight electric I installed 13 years ago and tossing the idea around.
Local utility has a up to $400 rebate and then federal tax credit up to $2,000
Is it a big challenge for the DIY person to install one of these? to get rebates and such it has to be installed by a lic. contractor so would the rebates be off set by install costs? sale is only good for a few more days and might just purchase and place in garage for now. thanks
 
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They aren't much harder to install than a conventional water heater as long as the area where it will be located is open enough to meet the air circulation requirements of the heat pump. Since they pull heat from the air, they need to be in a fairly large space with reasonable air circulation. There are models than can be ducted to another area if the utility room or closet isn't big enough, but that increases the complexity of the install. And you will need an electrical circuit to power the heat pump, which may add to installation as well.

I would review the install manual, paying particular attention to the air circulation requirements to see if your planned location is suitable.
 
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Old 02-22-24, 06:08 PM
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Thanks for the input.
The room where our furnace / heat pump indoor unit and current water heater is, is right around 1152 CU FT.
Floor drain also in middle of room.
Current 50 gal. water heater is on a 30 amp .
I have not looked at heat pump water heater manual, but do these units require another dedicated service/ breaker ? such as 2?

 
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The hybrids should use the similar current.
Hybrids can be a little loud. It's basically running a window A/C in the basement.
 
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Thank you PJmax,
 
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I have natural gas which is great for heating.
If I didn't have gas.... I'd definitely consider a hybrid.
 
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I haven't pulled the trigger yet on this.
Still researching options, I still have 3 days before the sale ends.
There are 2 of us, and I installed a 50 gal actually 16 years ago, wrong from my earlier post ,from what I am reading some say to go to a 85 if you currently have a 50 gal .We never run out and not to keen on going that large..
The on I am looking at is a Richmond 10E50-HP530, right around $1480
UEF 3.88 1st hr gpm @ 67
did get a est . from a very good contractor that we have used many times, they quoted a Rheem PROPH50-T2-RH75-30 50 gal @$3209
and a 80 gal @$4501
Just also wondering about how cold the furnace room would get.
Running a duct for intake or exhaust not really an option, bundles electrical wiring running through sill area around parameter of that room. but it is almost 1200 Cu Ft
 
 

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