If energy efficiency is a concern when it comes to selecting a new water heater, you may be thinking of investing in a hybrid electric pump water heater. These units rely on heat pulled from the surrounding air to generate the hot water your home needs, making them the perfect option for homes located in warm climates.
To better prepare your home for the installation of your new water heater, here are three things you need to do before your new unit arrives.
1. Make sure your new unit will fit in the space you have available.
If you want to install your new water heater in the same location as your old unit, it's important to make sure that the new water heater will fit. Modern water heaters can be taller and wider than older models, which can complicate the installation process.
Be sure that you have your HVAC contractor send you the measurements for your new hybrid electric water heater, and make any necessary changes to your home's existing floor plan prior to the arrival of your new unit. This will ensure that the installation process goes smoothly.
2. Ensure that your plumbing configuration will accommodate your new hybrid electric water heater.
Hybrid electric water heaters come equipped with a heating pump that is designed to take over the heating of water when the surrounding air can no longer meet your home's hot water demands. Leaking pipes could cause significant damage to the heating pump, so many hybrid electric water heater manufacturers have opted for a side-piped design to eliminate the potential for water damage after installation.
Ask your HVAC contractor if your new unit is side-piped, and be sure that your existing plumbing configuration will accommodate a side-piped unit. You may need to have your pipes rerouted prior to the arrival of your side-piped water heater in order to facilitate the installation process.
3. Have an open area in which to install your new water heater.
Because hybrid electric water heaters pull heat from the air surrounding them, it's essential that there is enough room to promote air flow around your new water heater.
Many water heaters can be located in a small closet, but a hybrid electric unit needs at least 1,000 cubic feet of air surrounding it on all sides, so cramming the unit into a closet will not work. Make sure that you have an open area ready for your HVAC contractor to install your new energy efficient water heater.
Preparing for the installation of your new unit is essential when it comes to the success of incorporating a hybrid electric water heater into your home. Prevent delays by measuring your new unit, rerouting pipes when necessary, and clearing an open area for your new unit prior to installation.