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Advice needed on replacement hot water tank
i would really appreciate some advice on what to do about replacement of my hot water tank, a 20 year old natural gas direct vent PenField Hydroclean 40 gallon.
i have two tanks in my home (2 adults, no children), with the PenField considered kind of a "low demand" tank as it provides hot water for the kitchen and two bathrooms: sinks, dishwasher, and maybe 10-15 times a year showers for guests. the other tank is 7 years old and provides hot water for daily showers, bathroom, and washing machine.
due to the low hot water demand and size of the existing line to the PenField, i don't think that tankless makes much sense. however the problem that i have run into is i am having trouble finding anyone that can install a replacement tank the same size to fit the existing direct vent configuration. i would like to avoid putting a new vent through the wall at a higher height to accommodate the dimensions of available new tanks.
my research so far suggests that one of the hybrid heat pump electric tanks might be the best option. with my low demand situation it seems like the tank could run on heat pump mode all the time, which should make the annual cost close to that of a natural gas tank.
am i on the right track with a heat pump tank? other suggestions? thanks