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Old 11-25-2010, 11:45 AM   #16
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1) The Whirlpool unit is junk. We have serviced more of them in the past 5 years that I can count. The equipment sucks, the service from Lowe's and Whirlpool sucks too and parts take a long time to get which sucks when you havn't taken a bath in a week or so.

2) A.O. Smith, and Rheem both make very nice stuff

3) Tankless heaters suck, all of them. Servicing and repairing them accounts for a hefty part of our monthly income so let that be your guide.

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Old 11-26-2010, 06:40 AM   #17
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Agree with NHMaster; bought one for my mom, installed it, and about a month later it needed a new board that after much wrangling over the phone with support, had them mail me a new one. I think I had to do this twice if memory is correct before one they sent didn't burn out. I wouldn't get one again.
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Old 11-26-2010, 10:50 AM   #18
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1) The Whirlpool unit is junk. We have serviced more of them in the past 5 years that I can count. The equipment sucks, the service from Lowe's and Whirlpool sucks too and parts take a long time to get which sucks when you havn't taken a bath in a week or so.

2) A.O. Smith, and Rheem both make very nice stuff

3) Tankless heaters suck, all of them. Servicing and repairing them accounts for a hefty part of our monthly income so let that be your guide.


I agree on all of these statments. Working on tankless makes for a good payday I wished everyone had 1
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Old 11-26-2010, 07:09 PM   #19
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I actually have a 50g whirlpool water heater...12 year warranty
Its been 5 or 6 years & no problems...knock on wood
Old one failed when I was not home
So I did not have much choice.....it needed to be replaced ASAP
If I had a chance to research I would not have purchased it
But the old one was oil fired & they wanted $1900 to install another oil fired water heater
I'm going to be converting to solar for most of the year soon
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Old 11-27-2010, 10:53 AM   #20
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I bought this from Sears April 09.
State Ind. made in Tn.
Item # 33948
Brand, Power miser 9. 40 Gallon. Seems like I remember paying around $375
http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...1&blockType=G1
What I do remember is that the price difference was anywhere from $300 to $1500. My original propane unit is a 96 model State and has worked perfect.
I have the above listed unit stored because if my old 96 model were to fail I could be out of $1000 or more depending if I were not around and wife had to pay an installer.
My point is, if your water heater is more than 10 years old, it might pay off to have a new one sitting in the corner.
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Taking another look now at the GE Hybrid after finding I can get it for about $1150. I've read a lot of reviews and most are positive. Anyone here have any experience wit it?
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Old 11-28-2010, 09:38 AM   #22
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Taking another look now at the GE Hybrid after finding I can get it for about $1150. I've read a lot of reviews and most are positive. Anyone here have any experience wit it?
For the price difference between a $400 electric and a $1150 hybrid, I can pay a lot of electric bills. I do not believe a hybrid will last long enough to pay for itself.
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For the price difference between a $400 electric and a $1150 hybrid, I can pay a lot of electric bills. I do not believe a hybrid will last long enough to pay for itself.
I've estmated my savings at about $100/yr which is far less than the $320/yr that GE says it can save. I still have access to one $250 tax credit this spring (I already used my 30% federal tax credit on windows). The break even should be 5-7ears or less as electricity cost increase.
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How are you computing the savings associated with a hybrid water heater? The hybrid heater uses a heat pump and the heat pump takes heat from the surrounding air so if you live in an area with a long heating season for most of the year you pay for the heat and then pay for the electricity to transfer the heat to the water. During the air conditioning season the hybrid water heater will save you some electricity on your A/C --if you have A/C.

You also need to factor in exected life and expected maintenance costs. Heat pump systems are a lot more complex and a lot more expensive to maintain than a traditional water heater and the replacement costs are also a lot higher.
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How are you computing the savings associated with a hybrid water heater? The hybrid heater uses a heat pump and the heat pump takes heat from the surrounding air so if you live in an area with a long heating season for most of the year you pay for the heat and then pay for the electricity to transfer the heat to the water. During the air conditioning season the hybrid water heater will save you some electricity on your A/C --if you have A/C.

You also need to factor in exected life and expected maintenance costs. Heat pump systems are a lot more complex and a lot more expensive to maintain than a traditional water heater and the replacement costs are also a lot higher.
My home heating and colling cost should be about equal so the added cost heating my house should be offset by the reduced cooling cost.

I estimate my electricity cost will be about $16/month for a standard electric model or $8/month with the hybrid heat pump for a savings of about $100/yr. As I have said in a previous post I will be switching out my 16 yr old gas water heater. This will allow me to turn off my gas service for 9-10 months per year without any reconnect charges. This will save me additional about $175/yr.

I can't find where the GE Hybrid has any additional required maintenance. I realize some added risk.

I go to Lowe's once a week and can't see where they are selling many of these. With the full $480 federal tax credit, $250 state tax credit, and $400 (visa cards for cash for appliances in my state that have ran out). These should pay for themselves for many families in a year or less. With the tax credits ending at the end of the year it will be interesting to see if they become deeply discounted clearance items.

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