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Question DetailsAsked on 2/19/2014

Hybrid electric water heaters. Is this a good replacement option? It will live in my garage, in Central Texas.

The current electric water heater (Rheem) is at least 18 years old and has started to leak slowly. It's not worth repairing. I need a 50 gallon unit that actually delivers 50 gallons of hot water, unlike the old unit. I know hybrid heat pump water heaters are expensive, but the lower operating costs are enticing -- although the sales pitch is probably exaggerated. I expect a new water heater to last at least until the end of the warranty (12 years for Rheem), and that may be the end of MY life warranty. I don't want to have to do this again, ever. I have researched this. One problem I see is that if the Rheem unit is not transported and delivered 'upright,' some gizmo inside could be damaged. A.O. Smith has a similar unit -- slightly more expensive -- but it does not appear to be available locally; is it worth the extra price and the wait for it to be ordered? Installation cost of a hybrid should be about the same as a regular electric heater, right?. Anything else I should know?

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