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Working OK in our small water heater closet.
The Geo Spring Hybrid unit is working out very well for my wife and I for the past 4 months. In our case, it was beneficial to use more electricity and less propane to...Read complete review
The Geo Spring Hybrid unit is working out very well for my wife and I for the past 4 months. In our case, it was beneficial to use more electricity and less propane to heat our water. Installation was a bit more complicated than expected (Self installed) due to the extra drain lines. In addition to the pop off valve there are (2) condensation lines that must be installed and vented for the heat pump (one primary and a back up). The unit is also very heavy - about 800 Lbs. My closet / door is elevated about three feet off the ground. It took some engineering to get it in there, but we got it done. Also, make sure you have the necessary clearances for ducting if you are planning to duct the unit. The air intake was not as critical since it is on top of the unit, but the exhaust duct installs on the back side of the unit and with the required 8 inch venting duct it needs some space behind the unit to accommodate this run (if you need to install ducting that is). Now that it is installed, we are currently using the Hybrid mode and it is keeping up with the two of us just fine so far this winter [October through January so far] It is installed in a small exterior closet on the side of the house which I now know is not ideal now that I understand more about how it works. Because the small unconditioned closet only has a vented door, I will be adding some ducting to improve efficiency. With no ducting, the unit recycles much of it's own air exhaust inside the closet. It is still working OK, but it cant be as efficient since it is cooling the space as it draws in some of the same recycled air (now cooled by the heat pump) to operate the heat pump. Ideally, it should draw warm air from the house in the winter time and vent to the outside (in order to mitigate freeze concerns in the closet during the below freezing outdoor temps). In the summer I plan to reverse the ducting and draw warm air from outside the closet (outdoors) and blow the cool exhaust air into the house to help AC costs. When purchasing the unit, I did not realize how the small unconditioned closet would impact the heat pump. but I have learned more after installing the unit. Overall, I am very happy with the unit even without ducting. Once I get the ducting installed I plan to go full time in the heat pump only mode and avoid the less efficient and more costly heating element all together. If company comes over I can always jump into the high demand mode. (switching between modes is super easy). The unit will not operate as efficiently in high demand element only mode and it will cost a bit more but my mother in law is worth it for a few days. BTW - the vacation mode is very easy to set as well - just push a button. This mode puts the unit into hibernation for your preset number of days and brings it back to temp just before you get home. Very cool. I love this unit and would recommend it to anyone who thinks they are better off with electricity over gas and have the right installation conditions to maximize the heat pump functions.
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Defective from start but fixed
All went well with the installation until the tank was filled. The tank leaked water from around the anode rod. Inspection showed the threads in both the tank and anode rod were messed up...Read complete review
All went well with the installation until the tank was filled. The tank leaked water from around the anode rod. Inspection showed the threads in both the tank and anode rod were messed up and the rod was only screwed in about 2 threads. After chasing both the male and female threads with a 3/4 NPT tap and die, new sealant and reinstalling all seems fine. I figured it would be easier to fix the problem rather than drain the tank, haul it up out of the basement, and take it back for a new one.It seems to work fine but time will tell. GE- How about a pressure test on the tanks before they are shipped to stop this problem?
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Perfect for us
from Sangerville, ME, United States
Comments about GE GeoSprings 50 Gallon Hybrid Electric Water Heater:
It is just me and my wife and the unit delivers all the hot water we need. No more furnace heating our water.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Giving this hybrid a try
from Franklin Furnace, OH, United States
Installed this 1/28/16 replacing a 50gal electric water heater that has remarkably been in service since home was built in 1984. Hoping for some energy savings and trouble free hot water from this new gen hybrid. Pretty simple install and seems to be running fine in our basement/laundry room location.
from Wheatland, WY, United States
This is our second Geospring. The first stopped working after 3.5 years. This one was replaced via the warranty. The product does as advertised. I was a bit disappointed with the other going out, though the service process worked in the end.
from Birmingham, AL, United States
Our builder installed this for our new energy efficient smart home and its been great! Our electric bill shows it! I like the fact that you can switch to a less efficient heating style if needed (if lots of guest show up!). Also I plan on installing the smart switch that you can get for monitoring and control.
Excellent product - sad that it is discontinued!
from Shelburne, MA
I installed a solar PV array on my barn roof and it now provides free electricity for this water heater. I no longer have to go through half a 275 gallon tank of heating oil just to provide hot water during the summer months, so this was a no-brainer for me. I ordered a second one for my business and found that this heater has been discontinued. I finally did find one in stock and got it, so now have two. Glad I got them while I had the chance!
SO FAR, SO GOOD!
from STRAFFORD, MO
WE JUST HAD THIS INSTALLED LAST WEEK, AND LOVE IT!
from Sarasota, FL
This product is replacing one that I installed eight years ago that began leaking. Never had any problems with old one, so looking forward to continued use of this replacement.
from Longview, WA, United States
Unit is quiet, efficient & we saw a significant reduction in our utility bill
I bought this hoping it would save on electric bill but haven't had it long enough to tell yet
doesn't work well
from central florida
This was added as an extra money saving feature when we had solar put in. It restricts water flow since you have to put the faucet more to the hot side to be comfortable in the shower thus producing less pressure.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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