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Home Depot has 50-Gallon Rheem Performance Platinum Hybrid Electric High Efficiency Water Heater (XE50T10HD50U1) on sale for $1079.99. Store pickup is free, otherwise delivery to home starts at $55. Thanks thesandman
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  • Check with your local utility for rebates to further your savings.
  • Please see forum thread for additional discussion. -qwikwit

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I have been keeping my eye on this for the past few months and it never seems to go on sale. Last February it did drop down to $999, but no sales at all for the last few months I've been looking .
Normally $1199, now on sale for $1079.

Well reviewed heater


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Individuals should understand the design of these heat pump water heaters to determine if they make sense for your particular install. I find the term heat pump mildly confusing for many because it's merely an AC system installed with the condensing coils inside the fiberglass tank (backwards AC system). A home heat pump has a 4 way reversing valve which this unit does not. This unit works great in warm/hot areas which are the southern latitudes, or where very cold/freezing temperatures are infrequent. Our unit in our Texas house is awesome.

Because it needs to pull 'heat' from the surrounding air, this unit will chill the air in the enclosure it's in. Garages down south are great for this. Inside the home during winter in the south, not as fun.

This unit isn't recommended for the northern climates. If your garage is freezing, the water heater will go into electric heat mode (very expensive) and then gas is much more cost effective (given today's natural gas/electric prices).

Where it gets confusing is when it goes into a temperate zone (say Washington DC area). In the garage, it'd be highly efficient in the summer, but less efficient during winter. In a basement, it'd make the basement super cold during the winter.

My rough rule of thumb recommendation is if the rebate is good and you're in the south and use a moderate amount of water (large family), this is a good deal. If you're in the north, unless you have no gas line, this isn't for you. If you're in the temperate area/middle swath of the US, only install if you only have electric only or if you have a very large family using a lot of water (in which case 50 gallons goes really quickly).
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I have a similar 80 gallon one for almost 7 years. The hot water cost becomes 10 to 30 cents a day with this (it works for 1-2 hours a day, but we are just two people.). One thing I love about it is keeping the garage a bit cooler in summer (1-2 hours don't do much, but still removes some moisture and makes it cooler). I turn off the heat pump (which makes it a regular electric water heater) for a few days a year when it is too cold (i.e. below freezing) outside, but we are in Texas. Also our utility has $800 (yes, $800) rebate for these units, check your utility if it has.
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Heat is removed from the air around the unit to heat the water inside the unit
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I had the GE heat pump water heater go out 3 months after buying it last May. Had it serviced twice under warranty and still freon kept leaking. I saw the reviews for this one and have been watching it every since for price drops. Thanks!
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I really want Lowe's to drop theirs, but it looks like it went up another $100. I'd buy immediately if I got another $999 plus 10% off coupon deal.
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why so expensive?
the cost saving is over electric-only what's saving compare to gas one?
my old house needs a new water heater soon.(old one still kicking after 11 years)I think it near the end of its lifespan.
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I have an electric tankless unit that needs replacing. Would you all recommend I stick with electric, spend ~$1000 to run a natural gas line to the area for a gas tankless/on-demand or replumb the area and get one of these heat pump water heaters? I'm leaning towards staying electric on-demand. I live near Seattle, so ground water not terribly cold, and I am on clean city water. Thanks in advance!
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why so expensive?
the cost saving is over electric-only what's saving compare to gas one?
my old house needs a new water heater soon.(old one still kicking after 11 years)I think it near the end of its lifespan.
From what I can gather, this is also an air conditioner in the sense that instead of exhausting the heat out the condenser to the atmosphere it directs the heat to the water. The extra equipment to make this happen is probably the factor in the increased cost. For some, this is a great idea.
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I would love to see the design, as a ME student, want to see where and how they can recover the heat to do more work.
Heat is removed from the air around the unit to heat the water inside the unit
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I have this machine (got in on a killer SD deal last year for $599), and I love it. It significantly affected my power bill, and it's only me and my wife, so if you have a family and will use a lot of hot water, this should significantly change your power bill. Keep in mind it'll be expensive to install. It also really does act like an AC unit in the garage.
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Didnt they have a 4 or 500 dollar rebate last year? Cant remember.
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Heat is removed from the air around the unit to heat the water inside the unit
interesting, wonder if the saving includes the extra cost of the furnace need to run longer or not.
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I have a similar 80 gallon one for almost 7 years. The hot water cost becomes 10 to 30 cents a day with this (it works for 1-2 hours a day, but we are just two people.). One thing I love about it is keeping the garage a bit cooler in summer (1-2 hours don't do much, but still removes some moisture and makes it cooler). I turn off the heat pump (which makes it a regular electric water heater) for a few days a year when it is too cold (i.e. below freezing) outside, but we are in Texas. Also our utility has $800 (yes, $800) rebate for these units, check your utility if it has.
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I have one and love it. I have it in my garage in South Florida so it works really efficient. I have also found it lowers the garage temperature just a bit.
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I got a GE one a year and a half ago and it works perfectly, no problems. It was free after rebates.
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