hybrid water heater guide

What Is A Hybrid Water Heater

One of the best wonders of living in the modern world is working plumbing, and a big part of that is hot water access from your water heater. When your water heater isn’t working or is broken you may want to consider replacing it with a hybrid water heater and here’s why…

Hybrid water heaters are also known as heat pump water heaters. These innovative water heaters include everything that we love about a standard heat pump with a traditional water heater. This appliance can be highly useful and energy-efficient. As a result, hybrid water heaters have become increasingly popular with homeowners.

So what exactly is a hybrid water heater you may ask?  Are hybrid water heaters worth the investment? How do you know if you should invest in a hybrid water heater? And how do you get one installed in your home?

Keep reading below for the answers to all your questions.

What Exactly Is A Hybrid Water Heater?

Hybrid water heaters are a combination of a heat pump and a water heater.  As such, hybrid water heaters work by combining the best of both systems processes. 

How Do They Work?

As we mentioned, hybrid water heaters use a heat pump and a storage tank. The heat pump pulls in heat from the outside air. This heat goes into the evaporator coil. Inside the evaporator coil, the heat pump pulls the heat out of the air and uses that heat to warm the water in the tank.

Then, that warm water gets transferred into your pipes and plumbing system. As a result, you receive warm water in your faucets, showers, sinks and any other appliances that use hot water.

Hybrid water heats primarily run on electricity, and like traditional water heaters, have a tank to store hot water. This means you don’t have to rely on propane or gas to run your water heater.

Are They Worth the Investment?

Hybrid water heaters are immensely more energy-efficient than traditional water heaters. This is because hybrid water heaters take heat out of the air instead of having to produce heat. Investing in a hybrid water heater can save you money for years to come on your utility bills because they will cost less electricity to operate.

Who Should Use Hybrid Water Heaters?

Hybrid water heaters aren’t ideal for every family and situation.  If you live in a warm climate,  you may find that hybrid water heaters  are a great solution for you and your family’s home.  Additionally,  because hybrid water heaters are energy-efficient. If you have all electrical appliances in your home a hybrid water heater is a great solution for you.

Hybrid water heaters tend to take up a lot of space. As a result, families that live in a smaller home or one that doesn’t have a lot of space should not install a hybrid water heater.  But, families with extra room or an area where they can store their hybrid water heater are great candidates for this handy appliance.

How To Get A Hybrid Water Heater

Hybrid water heaters should be installed by a certified plumbing technician. With the help of a plumbing specialist, the hybrid water heater will be installed without error.

Additionally, you may need to have a plumbing specialist install your hybrid water heater to comply with the manufacturer’s warranty requirements.

How Do I Maintain A Hybrid Water Heater?

Hybrid water heaters tend to need more maintenance than standard water heaters. With a hybrid water heater, you’ll need to replace the filter every few months. The heat pump part will also need to be serviced and inspected regularly to avoid mechanical failures.

On top of all of that, you’ll also need to flush your hybrid water heater every year or so. Because hybrid water heaters have a heat pump component, it’s best to get your hybrid water heater flushed by a plumbing expert during your servicing appointment.

Fill Your Water Heater Needs With 535 Plumbing

Searching for an honest, reliable plumber in Honolulu? Look no further than 535 Plumbing. Our friendly team can service your hybrid water heater and help you install a hybrid water heater. We are family owned and operated and for us, that means treating every customer like a member of our family. We strive to go above and beyond to ensure your plumbing needs are met. Make an appointment today by calling (808) 300-0535.