Nicolette Forbes

By: Nicolette Forbes on September 13th, 2022

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How Much Do Hybrid Water Heaters Cost?

Hybrid Water Heaters

Finding the right water heater for your home can be a daunting task, which is why we’ve created content like this to make the process easier. We here at Monkey Wrench Plumbing, Heating & Air are trained and certified with some of the top water heater manufacturers on the market like Rheem. Since 2007, we’ve helped thousands of clients across the Los Angeles area with their water heater needs and now, it’s your turn - hybrid style. 

In this article, we are going to walk you through the costs of hybrid water heaters and what factors can affect the price of a water heater. 

By the end of this article, you will have all the information you need to get a better sense of what a hybrid water heater would cost for your home.

 

Average Cost of Hybrid Water Heaters

Hybrid water heaters, or heat pump water heaters, can be considered an investment as your average unit will cost you anywhere from $1,200 to $3,500. 

The cost of a hybrid water heater depends on several factors such as:

  • Brand
  • Location
  • Size
  • Installation Material
  • Add-ons/Accessories
  • Water Filtration
  • Maintenance

In the next section, we’ll break down how the cost can change depending on certain factors.

 

Factors Affecting the Cost of Hybrid Water Heaters

While every home is different, there are a few main factors that can increase or decrease the overall cost of a hybrid water heater. 

Brand

Just like with a new car, the brand, make, and model of your hybrid water heater will affect the overall price. Choosing a high-end manufacturer, like Rheem, may mean a slight increase in the cost of the unit compared to other brands. Typically, you can expect to spend anywhere from $1,800 to $3,500 for a hybrid unit.

 

The logo for hybrid water heater manufacturer, Rheem. 

When choosing a water heater, be sure to factor in the quality of materials and warranties before jumping to the cheapest option on the market. While it’s possible to get a low-cost unit at big box stores, most units purchased at stores like this can void or limit any warranties offered by manufacturers.

 

Location/Re-Location

The location of the water heater in your home will influence the costs to install. 

For example, if the hybrid water heater has to be placed in the basement or a corner of the attic, these difficult-to-reach areas can drive up the installation cost. Additionally, if you would like to move your water heater from one part of your home to another, you can expect to pay a little more depending on the needs of your water heater such as new electrical wiring or water lines to accommodate the new location.

Also, it's important to note that hybrid water heaters need at least 1,000 cubic feet to function. So, if there are less than 1,000 cubic feet of air space surrounding the heater, there won’t be enough air available for the heater to work properly. Just something to keep in mind when considering a hybrid water heater.

 

Size

When it comes to buying a water heater, size matters. The size of your hybrid water heater is determined by the number of people in your home, along with your hot water needs.  The bigger the water heater, the higher the cost. 

A 40-gallon hybrid water heater can efficiently meet the needs of a two-person household, and it costs around $1,200. For larger homes (like five or more people) you may need to consider a 75-gallon hybrid water heater or an 80-gallon water heater which can cost $3,500 or more.

 

Installation Material

You may be surprised to learn that, even if you purchase a hybrid water heater, some materials are not included with the water heater that needs to be installed, like pressure valves. Materials that will affect the cost of your hybrid water heater are:

  • Any new water pipes
  • Any electrical work

Electrical wiring inside a hybrid water heater.

While every installation has a few modifications that need to be made, the more that needs to be updated or replaced will increase the overall cost of installing your hybrid water heater.

 

Add-Ons

While purchasing a hybrid water heater (and the additional installation pieces) will get you hot water, there are add-ons that you can add to your water heater to help your hot water flow, prolong the life of your unit, and keep your house safe.

Add-ons that you can include with your hybrid water heater are:

Though some of these add-ons may be required by your local city code, these items usually aren’t included in basic installation costs. It is important to remember this when purchasing a new water heater because if you add any of these items to your hybrid water heater, it will increase the overall cost.

 

Water Filtration

Water filtration often isn’t included (or even thought about) when installing a hybrid water heater, but factoring in water filtration can save you thousands of dollars in the long run.

If you’re in an area, like Los Angeles, that has particularly hard water, installing water filtration for your home and a new water heater can prolong the life of your hybrid water heater. Read this article here to learn more about the negative effects that hard water can have on your water heater and home.

A photo of Crystal Quest whole-house softener.

Most hybrid manufacturers recommend installing water filtration to combat hard water, and in most manufacturer manuals, if your water hardness is over a certain amount of grains per gallon, manufacturers can void any warranties.

 

Maintenance

Though annual maintenance isn't a cost you have to worry about during installation, keep in mind that yearly cleaning for your hybrid water heater will be one of the most important things you do to protect your water heater (outside of water filtration).

You'll need to perform maintenance more often on a hybrid water heater than electric models. On top of the draining service that tank-style water heaters require, hybrid water heater filters need to be cleaned about every 2-3 months. You'll also need to service the heat pump element to cover all of your bases. 

While you can drain a hybrid water heater yourself, we recommend that you call a certified technician to perform maintenance on your unit.

 

To Buy or Not to Buy? That is the Question

Price matters. But it's not the only thing you have to consider when you're thinking of purchasing a hybrid water heater. While every home and installation is different, some key factors will affect the cost of installing a new hybrid water heater.

Want to continue your hybrid water heater knowledge? Check out the articles below as we dive into what a hybrid water heater is and how it works as well as how to properly drain your hybrid water heater as the process is similar to tank-style water heaters.

What is a Hybrid Water Heater?

Six Steps to Drain Traditional Water Heater

We here at Monkey Wrench Plumbing, Heating & Air want to help you make the best decision for you and your home. If you live in the Los Angeles area and have any other questions regarding hybrid water heaters, feel free to call us at 310-853-8690, and one of our call center representatives would be happy to help you.CALL