Heat Pump Water Heater Services In South Florida
Hot water heaters are a necessity for life and we all need to know when to replace them, how to maintain them, and when it’s time for new hot water heater installation. One Call Plumbing is here for you when you need any water heater repair or replacement. One water heater option to go with that harnesses the the temperature of warmer climates is a heat pump water heater.
Heat pump water heaters are the most efficient way of heating water in the right circumstances. Heat pumps will work better when there is actually heat to pump. When the air is warm, like in South Florida, there is plenty of heat for the heat pump to pull out of the air and so the heat pump operates with high efficiency. As the air temperature decreases there is less heat to capture from the air the heat pump will have to work harder, and will become less efficient. It get correspondingly longer to heat the water as well.
How Heat Pump Water Heaters Work
As the Department of Energy states, Heat pump water heaters use electricity to move heat from one place to another instead of generating heat directly. Therefore, they can be two to three times more energy efficient than conventional electric resistance water heaters. To move the heat, heat pumps work like a refrigerator in reverse.
While a refrigerator pulls heat from inside a box and dumps it into the surrounding room, a stand-alone air-source heat pump water heater pulls heat from the surrounding air and dumps it -- at a higher temperature -- into a tank to heat water. You can purchase a stand-alone heat pump water heating system as an integrated unit with a built-in water storage tank and back-up resistance heating elements. You can also retrofit a heat pump to work with an existing conventional storage water heater.
Heat Pump Water Heater Installation
ENERGY STAR® recommends that you install a heat pump water heater in a space with a year-round ambient temperature above 40°F and a volume of at least 1,000 cubic feet. A heat pump water heater will cool the space in which it is located, and generally will not work as well in colder spaces. The ideal location for a heat pump water heater is in an area with excess heat, such as a laundry room, basement, utility room, or garage. Heat pump water heaters will also generate noise when operating, which is a factor that should be considered before installing a heat pump water heater in conditioned living space.
One Call Plumbing offers heat pump water heater repair and installation in Martin, Broward and Palm Beach Counties and the surrounding areas.