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Existing situation: 2 person household with an old 40 gallon NG water heater in open unfinished basement next to steam boiler.
It would normally be plenty of hot water but I installed a 70 gallon soaking tub for my wife and she runs out of hot water when it is just about full.
I wanted to replace the old heater anyway and I am torn between a nice modern gas unit of 50-65 gallons and a 65 gallon Rheem "hybrid" (heat pump) model that I would want to run almost always on Econ mode (heat pump only, no coils used). I'm not worried about concurrent use with the tub...we just don't use very much hot water generally.
I'd love to get rid of a fuel burning appliance, especially for one that costs less to operate. I wouldn't mind the slight cooling effect in the summer, and in the winter the space is plenty warm from the boiler so I think I'd be fine there.
I guess it's just up to recovery time vs my philosophical preference for moving heat rather than burning stuff to make heat vs the reliability of this new (but not really new) tech. I have no idea why the early hybrid models were such junk, it's not new science, but I guess they really were junk. Has Rheem finally got something that will run?
Thanks for any opinions, I'll take them all
1 pipe Utica 112 in Cedar Grove, NJ, coal > oil > NG