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Old 09-22-2009, 11:00 PM   #1
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But is it better than gas? How much will the unit and install cost though?

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Since it said "heat pump" water heater, my quess is it is VERY expensive to install. While more efficient than electric, so is the plan old gas heater, and I suspect payback will take a long time.

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Since it said "heat pump" water heater, my quess is it is VERY expensive to install. While more efficient than electric, so is the plan old gas heater, and I suspect payback will take a long time.
It shouldn't be any more expensive to install than a standard water heater. Everything is contained on the unit.
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Will it dehumidify the basement?
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I was thinking that also. Be nice if it did. I'm sure they'll be some type of condesate drain unless they found a way to pump it into the tank.
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I was thinking that also. Be nice if it did. I'm sure they'll be some type of condesate drain unless they found a way to pump it into the tank.
Pumping the condensate into the tank would contaminate the water.
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Would it make the basement colder though, since it's extracting heat from the air? My basement gets pretty cold in the winter.
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Pumping the condensate into the tank would contaminate the water.
Never thought of that. So it will have to have some type of drain?
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Never thought of that. So it will have to have some type of drain?
I believe so. I've been looking at Rheem's new heat pump water heater (HP-50) and they mention a condensate drain.
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I'd like to see the price on it. I just saw it yesterday in the This Old House magazine and got interested. If it qualifies for the federal tax credit it may be worth looking at.
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Would it make the basement colder though, since it's extracting heat from the air? My basement gets pretty cold in the winter.
Probably make it a little colder. It needs to extract the heat from somewhere.
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Wow that thing looks like it will sell for $3000
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The coolest thing about this unit is that it has a vacation mode which will probably shut off the heating function, and maybe even the supply valve to prevent potential flooding if something goes wrong.
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The coolest thing about this unit is that it has a vacation mode which will probably shut off the heating function, and maybe even the supply valve to prevent potential flooding if something goes wrong.

I have that now, called a breaker switch & water shut-off
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I have that now, called a breaker switch & water shut-off
Unfortunately, your breaker switch doesn't have a timer like this one.

"Vacation or Away Setting Why pay to keep hot water available at home when no one is there to use it? With the Vacation or Away Setting, the water heater drops the water temperature down to 50F and uses the most efficient heating mode, eHeat, to conserve energy while the heater is sitting idle. Simply enter the number of days you'll be away, and the water heater will automatically resume heating one day before your return, so that hot water is ready and waiting for you."

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