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Hybrid Water Heaters in Austin

If you are replacing your current water heater, you’ve probably compared the costs and benefits of conventional water heaters and tankless water heaters. But did you know there is actually a third option? In the past few years, hybrid water heaters have hit the market as a great option for many homeowners in Austin. Also known as a heat pump water heater, the hybrid water heater combines the best aspects of conventional tank water heaters with the benefit of an energy-efficient heat pump. Selecting the right water heater for your home can be overwhelming, but Reliant Plumbing is here to be your partner along the way. We are here to educate you and not sell you. We will discuss the specifics of your home, budget, and preferences and make a recommendation on the best water heater for you. We understand that upgrading your water heater is a long-term investment, so we do offer 0% interest financing for 12 months to help lessen the burden of upfront costs. Read below for some common questions we hear from Austin homeowners on hybrid water heaters or give us a call to set up a consultation with one of our licensed plumbers.

Hybrid Water Heaters in Austin

If you are replacing your current water heater, you’ve probably compared the costs and benefits of conventional water heaters and tankless water heaters. But did you know there is actually a third option? In the past few years, hybrid water heaters have hit the market as a great option for many homeowners in Austin. Also known as a heat pump water heater, the hybrid water heater combines the best aspects of conventional tank water heaters with the benefit of an energy-efficient heat pump. Selecting the right water heater for your home can be overwhelming, but Reliant Plumbing is here to be your partner along the way. We are here to educate you and not sell you. We will discuss the specifics of your home, budget, and preferences and make a recommendation on the best water heater for you. We understand that upgrading your water heater is a long-term investment, so we do offer 0% interest financing for 12 months to help lessen the burden of upfront costs. Read below for some common questions we hear from Austin homeowners on hybrid water heaters or give us a call to set up a consultation with one of our licensed plumbers.

Hybrid Water Heater in Closet

How do hybrid water heaters work?

Instead of generating heat directly, hybrid water heaters actually use heat from outside air to heat your water, which makes them a wonderful fit for Austin’s hot climate. Think of them as the reverse of a refrigerator. Where refrigerators remove heat from the enclosed area and expel it to the surrounding air, hybrid water heaters pull in the heat from the surrounding air and transfer it to water in the enclosed tank. However, during times when there is higher hot water demand, the unit will automatically switch to the standard heating method a conventional water heater with a tank uses - hence the name “hybrid.” See the video below to better understand how hybrid water heaters work.

What are the benefits of using a hybrid water heater?

Like tankless water heaters, the main benefit of using a hybrid water heater is its energy efficiency. Hybrids use 60% less electricity than conventional water heaters, which can save you a lot of money over the lifetime of its operation. If the hot water demand becomes too much for the low-energy operation of the hybrid, it will automatically switch to operating as a conventional tank. One other benefit of the hybrid water heater is when it is taking the heat out of the air it is able to cool up to 600 Square feet, this perfect for cooling a workshop or studio.

Is a hybrid water heater right for me?

There are a few important considerations when determining whether or not a hybrid water heater will work for you and your household. First of all, hybrid water heaters are only electric - there are no gas models. If your house previously had a gas water heater or has appliances plumbed for gas, then you might be facing a high cost to convert your plumbing and power to electric. Second, you’ll need to consider placement. Hybrid water heaters have tanks that are larger than conventional water heaters, so they will not work in tight spaces. Most homeowners place their hybrid water heaters in a garage, or an allocated closet. Finally, make sure your climate is a good fit. If you live in the Austin area, your home will be located in a warm enough climate to ensure your hybrid water heater operates efficiently.

What brands of hybrid water heaters do you recommend?

Rheem is Reliant’s preferred brand for hybrid water heaters. These systems are made to last, their customer support is amazing, and they do a really good job of heating water. With Rheem you won’t have to worry for at least 8 years and if something does go bad, it's covered by the manufacturer warranty. Rest easy knowing you invested into one of the best brand water heaters around.

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