Geosprings Water Heater

Discussion in 'Water Heater Forum, Tanks' started by moisheh, Mar 17, 2010.

  1. moisheh

    moisheh New Member

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    Mexico and Canada
    I keep seeing ads for these heat pump water heaters. Are they any good? This particlar one is a GE. Are there others available? Any info appreciated.

    Moisheh
  2. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    IT depends on what you mean by "good". They are essentially an air conditioner working in reverse. They take heat out of the room and transfer it to the water, which means the room is going to get colder.
  3. Lightwave

    Lightwave New Member

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    Sounds like heat pump water heaters would make good economic sense in air conditioning climates as they'd give you both hot water and reduce your cooling load.

    Maybe not such a good idea in heating climates, however. Running one of these during winter essentially robs heat from your heating system.
  4. Redwood

    Redwood Master Plumber

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    There are others as well Rheem and Ruud have one out and AO Smith has announced they are coming out with the Voltex heat pump water heater.
    All of these units are pretty much the same having a 50 gallon tank and 2-4500 watt elements to offer higher recovery and ability to operate at lower temperatures where the heat pump would ice up.

    The only unit offering a substantial difference is the Stiebel Eltron Accelera 300 which has an 80 gallon tank and only a single 1700-watt element providing back up or, additional resistance heating. This unit requires only a 15 amp circuit for operation and provides a first hour delivery similar to the others. However this unit would not be well suited for use out of the southern tier states but if used in the right climate would be the most efficient operating one out of the bunch.
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