Rheem Hybrid 50 Gal Hot Water Tank - $799.00 ($US)
- Deal Link:
- June 29, 2021
- Home Depot (US)
This is not a post many will be interested in - some DIY skills and persistence required, however savings for most of us will be in the several thousands of dollars. Mods - feel free to move this if need be. My 9 year old all electric hot water tank was nearing the end of its life and I did some research into its replacement. Relatively new to the market (about 10 yrs), hybrid hot water tanks are not widely used in Canada at all. I've had this tank installed and running for about a month now and it is performing as advertised. There are numerous you tube videos available which describe its install and performance, but basically, there is a small heat pump which sits on top of the tank which heats the water, rather than the two elements normally used to heat the water. I repeat - it is performing as advertised and will save me about 40% of the costs of hot water. For me, that equates to about $50/mth. This tank has a ten year warranty. Depending on your final install costs, the payback should be 2 1/2 to 3 years.
This is the closest, similar model sold in Canada:
https://www.homedepot.ca/product/rheem- ... ?rrec=true
It has leak detection and automatic shut off, which mine do not. It is also 40 gal vs my 50 gal. For those still reading, I can tell you I attempted to order through HD in Canada once. Order accepted, but an email several days later saying cancelled.
I was able to order through HD in Bellingham, Washington and chose the store as the delivery address. I phoned and this was not a problem. I then contacted dwair.com (a freight forwarder in Blaine, Wa.), because of Covid border closure. They picked it up and delivered it to a warehouse in Surrey, BC. I contacted clearit.ca, (customs broker), who looked after the border paper.
Costs (as they appeared on my M/C bill:
Tank: $799 + $79 tax (USD) = $1118.14 CAD (I will eventually be able to recover the $79 USD from the state of Washington).
Freight Forwarding: $165 USD = $207.90 CAD
Customs Broker: $255 CAD (It is something like $49 for their services, a little bit of duty and GST
Miscellaneous pipe/fittings, wire and breaker = $150 CAD
I was about to replace an old electric tank, which would have cost me $450 CAD (self install) In my mind, that must be factored into the overall costs. I did the install myself. I had 3 different plumbers in my home. Two were not interested in selling a heat pump hot water tank. The third quoted me $3500 for install of a natural gas unit. (required install of a new gas line to the tank) I can't speak to the costing of natural gas, but if what you read online is true, these hybrid tanks will still ultimately save $. This particular tank wants 10/2 wire and a 30 amp breaker. Most homes, if equipped with electric tanks, have 12/2 wire on a 20 amp circuit. Again, I did this myself and was not difficult, but I know its not for everyone. BC allows for install of hot water tanks in attached garages, and that makes install easier. My attached garage is insulated and oversize (25x25x 12 feet high). I don't heat the garage and the coolest it got this past winter in my garage, was 8 C. You cannot put these in spaces which freeze and they require access to large spaces of air. This will emit some cool air, but in my garage, if thats 1 or 2 degrees C, thats it. Lots of discussion online about installing these in heated space (say a heated basement) and how you maybe robbing one source of heat to heat your water, but it would be minimal. This tank also requires a drain for the condensate. Noise: There is a small heat pump that runs when heating the water. I would equate this noise to a small box fan running on low. Normal conversation is easy standing right beside it.
The 'hybrid' portion refers to the tanks ability to run on heat pump only, heat pump and elements (as in normal tanks, this one still has the two resistive elements) or elements only. Most of the time, its only the bride and I and the heat pump only mode (most efficient) allows sufficient hot water. I expect when we have company, I'll place it on high demand mode which will kick in the resistive elements if the heat pump cant keep up. All of this is easily done on the included app, which also provides daily, weekly and monthly energy use. Finally, at least in BC, BC Hydro offered a $1000 rebate for install of this unit. But only if done by a contractor. I didn't like the responses/ambivalence I got from the two I spoke to. R and R of this unit for an existing electric hot water tank is well within the capability of most DIYrs. Be gentle