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When to Consider a Heat Pump Water Heater for Your Home

showerhead-ceiling-runningIs your old water heater no longer able to keep up with your household’s demands? Or are you planning on putting in the first water heater for a new house?

Whatever reason you’re considering purchasing a new water heater, we want to make sure you know about the heat pump water heater. It isn’t the best choice for all homes—but it may be the best for yours, and we don’t want you to miss out on this option.

What Makes a Heat Pump Water Heater Different

Let’s get down to the basics:

A heat pump water heater is similar in many ways to the storage tank water heater you’re familiar with. Water is stored in a large tank, where heat is applied to it to raise its temperature. When there’s a demand for water, a pump moves the heated water from near the top of the tank into the plumbing, and more water enters the tank from the freshwater supply. The water must be periodically heated as it cools down to replace standby heat loss.

With a heat pump water heater, the source of the heat put into the tank comes from the heat around the outside of the tank. Gas water heaters use gas jets and electric water heater use heating elements inside the tank to heat the water. But a heat pump water heater uses the evaporation and condensation of refrigerant to move heat into the tank. Think of it as an AC in reverse—the heat is taken out of the air, then moved into the tank and released.

When This Is a Beneficial Option

If your home has a connection to a gas main, our advice is to stay with a gas water heater. It’s a cost-effective and powerful type. But if you have an all-electric house, a heat pump water heater is a top-of-the-list choice. The heat pump parts of the water heater run exclusively from electrical power, just like an air conditioning system.

Unlike the standard electric water heater, a heat pump water heater does not generate heat; it moves heat. This uses much less electrical power than the heating elements in an electric water heater, which generate heat through electrical resistance (i.e. running voltage through metal parts so they burn hot). Electrical resistance consumes high amounts of electricity, and switching to a heat pump water heater can save a household around 25% off water heating bills each year.

Southern Californian homes are ideally suited to using this type of water heater because the heat pump always has access to sufficiently warm air it can use for heat energy. The water heater can be placed in an unheated part of the house (such as the garage or a shed attached to the house) without concern about efficiency drops.

Ask for a Professional Opinion

We recommend calling us for plumbing in Fontana, CA to take care of your water heater needs. We’ll make sure you end up with the system that will provide the hot water volume you need while saving you money.

Call Sweetwater Plumbing to find out more about your water heater options. We don’t charge by the hour, we charge by the job!

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