How GE GeoSpring hybrid water heater can save you money on water heating. A review of GeoSpring GEH50DNSRSA advantages and highlights of features such as hybrid water heating, high efficiency, and Energy Star approval...
The GeoSpring is a free-standing, tank-type unit that comes with the most popular tank size of 50 gallons. When compared to the traditional 50-gallon electric tank-type unit, the heat pump provides more hot water for much less money.
GE heat pump is an ideal solution for water heating if you leave in the area that uses electricity only, with no propane or natural gas available or installed.
The GE GeoSpring uses the evaporator and two fans to pull the warm surrounding air in and the compressor to increase the temperature of the refrigerant inside. The refrigerant with the high temperature is then moved through the coils that wrap around the tank, and it heats the surrounding cold water located in the tank.
The heat pump actually works as the AC but in reverse. The water heater also utilizes two heating elements to increase the water temperature during the high demand. When the heat pump is OFF, the unit works as the electric water heater, in the electric mode.
The best location for installing the heat pump is in the attic or garage, so you won't hear the unit running, and for the normal operation, the recommended volume of the room should be 700 sq. feet. Furthermore, most of the benefits you will get are if you live in a warmer area.
For safe and reliable work, it is required to use the dedicated electrical circuit of 30 Amps and 220/240 V and perform regular maintenance such as filter cleaning and condensate removal.
When you check a review of the standard tank-type water heaters, you will see that they use one or two heating elements that usually consume 4500 kW of electricity. The GE GeoSpring, on the other side, uses the heat pump as the primary source, and it consumes only 550 watts of electricity and utilizes two heating elements if you need faster water heating (when the higher recovery is required).
If you check out the yellow EnergyGuide label, where the relevant info is stored, you will see that the estimated operating cost per annum is $520 for the traditional type vs. $195 for the hybrid water heater, or usage of 4879 kW vs. 1830 kW (based on the rate of approximately 10.65 cents, but it depends on the actual energy rate and use).
The heat pump is the only type of electric water heaters that are Energy Star qualified.
At the front of the water heater is a control panel that allows you to adjust the temperature and operating mode to optimize energy savings. The temperature settings are within the range from 100 to 140 F with increments of 3 F.
The UP and DOWN buttons let you adjust the temperature, which can be seen on the LCD display (in F or C degree units).
There is also a filter indicator light that will let you know when the filter needs cleaning.
Also, like most of the high-efficient water heaters, GeoSpring is wrapped in the thick 2" foam insulation so it can keep the heat longer inside while reducing the standby heat loss.
One of the disadvantages is definitely an upfront price which is in the range of $1200 to $1500 vs. a few hundred bucks for the electric unit. This is a regular price you can usually find in Sears, Lowe's, or on the GE website, but it can be lower, depends on the deals, federal tax credit option, or utility company rebates.
Also, the GE GeoSpring heat pump is louder than the electric unit, and this is one of the frequent complaints. The noise comes from the fan that moves the air through the system and the compressor, and according to the specs., the noise level is 58 dB. Since the heat pump takes the warm surrounding air, it has to discharge the cold air. This is why it is recommended to install the unit in places where it is warmer, such as the attic or in the same room as the furnace.
There are five operating modes:
The heat pump as the most efficient mode providing you the greatest savings.
Keep in mind that the water heaters are the second highest energy users in homes, so stop wasting your money and start using the high-efficient products for hot water.
The GE GeoSpring heat pump provides the same amount of hot water as the traditional type, but for a fraction of cost, and the installation is as simple. According to GE, the heat pump uses up to 62% less energy than the conventional type, and with the 10-year warranty, savings are over $3000. When you combine these savings with the rebates from the utility company and federal/state tax breaks, the unit pays for itself in 2 to 4 years.