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Blog Title: Pros and cons of hybird water heater

Main Que: What are some pros and cons of hybrid water heater?

  • Category: Q And A On Rinnai Tankless Water Heater
  • Query By: ROSS NAVARRO (Macon, GA)
  • Date: 05/02/2013

Answer: "A hybrid water heater combines tank type and tankless technology in one unit. A hybrid unit offers the best of both worlds: continuous hot water capabilities through high efficiency and the ability for homeowners to use multiple hot water-utilizing appliances simultaneously. Hybrid units offer optimum performance as they combine the positive attributes of both tank type and tankless water heaters. Benefits: Continuous hot water; Ability to utilize multiple hot water usage appliances simultaneously; Highest energy efficient water heater on the market. Limitations: Similar footprint as a tank type; Product cost is higher than most tank units. 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. "

  • Replied By: WILLIAM zJONES (Waterloo, IA)
  • Replied Date: 05/27/2013