$1500 Heat Pump Water Heater - Worth it?Mar 17, 2022
In today's construction program, we are talking about electric tank
heaters. I have three of them behind me that are all 50 gallon models, but there are big differences in technology and performance in price and in cost in the long run. This video is for you if you want. you're replacing an older unit in your home or if you're building a new home let's unbox them and look at the details well before we unbox let me show you what we have and give you the price ranges for this first fifty gallon electric standard this has been used for decades in america this is the minimum cost five hundred and fifty dollars it comes with a six year warranty the next one is the rheem marathon about eleven hundred dollars for this also a standard electrical resistor but this very interesting lifetime warranty.
I'll talk about that in a minute. In the last and most expensive unit. This is a hybrid model, which means it is a
heater. It still uses electricity, not gas. a hundred bucks and this one has a 10 year warranty so with that being said let's unbox all three and I'm going to go into the details of each one now that I'm breaking a sweat I know who took them out of the box let's take a deeper look. Now the most important thing we want to look at first is the Power Guide. This will begin to tell the difference between these units.
In electricity it's going to cost to run this unit the other thing you'll notice here is the first hour rating. I love that this is on the new energy guys, the older energy guys didn't have that and this one will provide 63 gallons. of hot water which means as the tank drains while you shower the tank also heats up so it can actually provide over 50 gallons in the first hour let's compare the other model that is similar this one It's the marathon that h is also an electric resistance water
heaterinitially, it's a bit more in annual energy costs.
I'm not quite sure why it's because one of the great benefits of this unit is that it has super thick insulation and has very little power loss, but because they are both electrical resistance units they cost money and a lot more money, let's say later a gas unit and we'll see in a minute that hybrid is very different so look at the first hour rating on this 57 just a little less and the annual cost of energy N for your now this is where things get they put dramatic look at the annual energy costs at this one hundred and ten dollars a year for this fifty gallon electric tank first our delivery is a little lower even though this is a 53 gallon but Interestingly this will run off a 15 amp breaker which means you could basically plug this unit into your standard electrical outlet at home.
You don't need the 220 line like you need for these other very inter units. It's a hybrid unit that's basically a heat
pump, so on top of the tank is basically a mini fridge in your home fridge. Have you ever noticed hot air coming out of the bottom? You are taking the heat out of the refrigerator and pouring it into your house. This YouthWorks on the opposite side is going to take the air from inside your garage or your attic or your basement, wherever it's located, it's going to pull the heat out of the air and put it into the tank, so instead of blowing heat as your refrigerator does, it will actually blow cold air.
This is a great benefit for us if we are in the south. You know, if I had this unit in my garage here in Texas, I would actually get a little bit of benefit from the air conditioning in my garage and that's a good place to put a unit like this or if it was inside my house in Texas. In particular lar I'm using the air conditioner 9 or 10 months of the year which can be a real benefit although I may not like that benefit in January when it's cold ok a couple of things we want to talk about on these units in particular, this hybrid heat pump unit needs some extra maintenance you have a filter screen on this unit that will need to be cleaned probably every 2-3 months depending on how dusty the environment is and then on all three of these tanks you will want to wash them annually , so let's close the video by looking at the long-term cost.
What is the cost of these units behind me in year one in year five in year 10 so let's first look at the math for year 1 on this first unit if you add the cost to buy it plus your annual energy cost, we're just shy of $1,000 on the heat pump unit here between costs to buy it and first year power we're talking about a little over $1,600 and for the marathon unit it's abo Fifteen hundred dollars though in the first year things get more interesting as we move into year five five years of energy costs and the initial cost this is what it looks like $2,600 twenty hundred dollars and thirty two hundred dollars and then we go out to ten years and this is what the numbers look like forty seven hundred dollars twenty six hundred dollars and fifty three hundred dollars very interesting so at first this unit when you started watching the video seemed pretty expensive a thousand dollars plus for this unit d compared to this one here but five years later it's half the cost to operate and install that that initial unit and even the marathon now what the marathon story doesn't tell you is that this initial unit with a warranty of six years it will probably need to be replaced somewhere between year ten and year fifteen that's kind of average it could certainly go a bit longer if you did an upgrade to the anode if you're flushing it regularly Usually but usually Usually these units will be replaced in ten or fifteen, on the other hand, this marathon unit, these guys should last, you know, 15 20 maybe even 30 years.
We have a plastic tank. There is nothing to rust. There is no anode rod to replace. You need to maintain them annually, but it could be a long time, so what's the cost of not having to replace a unit after 10 or 15 years and letting it run twice as long? That could be a huge benefit to you especially if you're planning a retirement home let's say now lastly this heat pump unit like I said it has a couple of different models and there are some side benefits besides the yearly cost of energy. I love the fact that the output of this unit is dehumidified and cooled air and I like the fact that a unit like this could help me get to Net Zero let's say if I put a solar panel on my house that solar panel will be much easier to feed electricity from a tank like this which uses much less energy than tank like this Guys I hope today's video was helpful to you.
I will have a link in the description of the two videos we talked about. We've opened up a bunch of these units over the years to see what's inside them and see what so look for that video in the description. I also have a playlist for a bunch of other water heater videos. We talk about this a lot because it's very interesting and I hope you found it interesting if you're not currently a subscriber. the build show we publish every Tuesday and every Friday, so hit the subscribe button below; otherwise see you next time in the build program
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