What is a hot water heat pump?

Whether you’ve never heard of it or you’re keen to learn more: there’s lots to know about a Hot Water Heat Pump. In this quick article we answer 10 questions you might have if you’re wondering whether you should add a Hot Water Heat Pump to your home.

1. What is a Hot Water Heat Pump?

A Hot Water Heat Pump effectively uses the same technology you would be familiar with from heat pumps that are used to heat your home. The main difference between the two is that with a Hot Water Heat Pump the heat exchanger is air to water not air to air. A Hot Water Heat Pump heats your hot water cylinder of water, ready for you to use when you need it.

2. Who makes Hot Water Heat Pumps?

There are a number of manufacturers already on the market. East Coast Plumbing and Gas currently install Hot Water Heat Pumps made by Mitsubishi, Steibel Elton and Eco Spring. We work with a range of manufacturers so we can help you choose the best option for your home or business.

From November 2023, Rinnai will be launching their new Rinnai HydraHeatTM Hot Water Heat Pump. As your local Rinnai Authorised Service Agent in Hawke’s Bay, we look forward to being able to share this technology with you in our Home Heating Centre.

3. How can East Coast Plumbing and Gas help me with my Hot Water Heat Pump?

East Coast Plumbing and Gas can help you to find the right hot water heating solution for your home or business. If that’s a hot water heat pump, we’ll talk you through the different models available and then can install, service and maintain your Hot Water Heat Pump.

4. Can a Hot Water Heat Pump be installed anywhere?

Yes, Hot Water Heat Pumps can be installed in most places but there are installation requirements. If you’re wondering if one will work for your home or business: contact us direct or book an appointment to visit our Home Heating Centre.

5. How does the cost of a Hot Water Heat Pump compare?

Hot Water Heat Pumps tend to be more expensive to install but are much more energy efficient than other hot water systems. The reduction in the amount of energy required means that Hot Water Heat Pumps are much cheaper to run on a day-to-day basis.

Similar to the cost of installing solar power, it’s important to be aware of the payback time of Hot Water Heat Pumps. While this solution is better for the environment due to its low energy consumption, the relatively high upfront cost of a Hot Water Heat Pump vs. other systems means it takes a long time to deliver a payback on your initial investment.

6. Are there any reasons why a Hot Water Heat Pump might not work for me?

There is no real reason not to have a hot water heat pump but if your water usage is very low or occasional you might find the numbers don’t add up. Hot Water Heat Pumps are better suited to homes where the water usage is fairly constant.

7. Can I run my Hot Water Heat Pump on solar power?

Yes, you can run your Hot Water Heat Pump with solar power. Combining solar power with a Hot Water Heat Pump can add up to a very efficient and low energy way to heat your hot water. A battery’s needed to make sure you can heat your water when solar power isn’t available.

8. Can I connect a Hot Water Heat Pump to my central heating?

Yes, you can use your Hot Water Heat Pump to heat your hot water central heating system. If you’re considering changing the heat source on your existing system or installing central heating in your home: contact us.

Our team are experts in central heating solutions and have been installing central heating into Hawke’s Bay homes since 2015. Contact us today to book a free central heating consultation.

9. How often does a Hot Water Heat Pump need to be serviced?

Hot Water Heat Pumps need to be serviced regularly – just like normal Heat Pumps. Recommendations for frequency of service vary by manufacturer, but most recommend servicing your heat pump every 1-2 years.

East Coast Plumbing and Gas are experienced in servicing and maintaining Hot Water Heat Pumps. Book your service today.

10. Does a Hot Water Heat Pump come with a warranty?

Yes, all Hot Water Heat Pumps come with a warranty. The duration and conditions of the warranty will vary by manufacturer. Ask your supplier to share the warranty information with you so you understand any conditions that must be fulfilled to maintain the warranty – such as regular servicing and maintenance.

Find out more about Hot Water Heat Pumps in our Home Heating Centre

The East Coast Plumbing and Gas Home Heating Centre has been designed to provide Hawke’s Bay homeowners with all the information you need to make smart choices when it comes to heating your water and controlling the temperature of your home.

Find out more about the products and services we offer or book your appointment to explore your options today.

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