Richmond® 50 Gallon Electric Water Heater with Hybrid Heat Pump any good?

brenndatomu Posted By brenndatomu, Jul 13, 2019 at 10:19 AM

  1. brenndatomu

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    Thinking about replacing my 50 gallon electric WH with one of these units, been looking at these for a while now...mine is working fine, but is of an unknown age...probably at least 25 YO. I usually run em 'til they blow, but with the sale right now, they don't get any cheaper than this, I'm sure if I wait until mine dies that this will not be on sale, especially one this good.
    I guess I could buy it and let it sit in the garage until needed, but then the warranty is ticking away too...decisions decisions...advice, input? Sale ends tonight.
    An additional bonus would be possibly not needing to run the dehumidifier in the basement anymore...ugh...sometimes its tough being a tightwad ;lol
    I think these units are made by Rheem...same as their HPWH...rebadged to sell at BB stores?
    https://www.menards.com/main/plumbing/water-heaters/heat-pump-water-heaters/richmond-reg-50-gallon-electric-water-heater-with-hybrid-heat-pump/10e50-hp4d/p-1499409305671-c-8688.htm?tid=8956776417898725648&ipos=1
     
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  2. Highbeam

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    I wouldn’t replace a functional appliance because of that deal. When I click on your link it says 1156$ for a 50 gallon water heater.
     
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  3. brenndatomu

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    $935 after sale and rebate...
     
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  4. EatenByLimestone

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    Your old one may last another 10 years. I'd wait.
     
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  5. brenndatomu

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    Well, went for it...not going to install it right away, too busy with other stuff to stop and replace something that doesn't really need replaced right now. Will burn a little warranty this way but oh well, it has 2 yr full, 10 yr parts, and for $70 extra, a full 12 years parts/labor including 1 free replacement if it can't be repaired.
     
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  6. maple1

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    Does your state have any incentives?
     
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    Yes, some places, but not our specific utility company...
     
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  8. PaulOinMA

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    This Old House recently did a heat pump water heater. Pretty neat!

     
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