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  1. #1
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    Default GE GeoSpring 50-Gallon Hybrid Heat Pump Water Heater as the smart investment

    On March 23/2013 I bought my GE GeoSpring 50-Gallon Hybrid Heat Pump Water Heater.

    I've chosen the Interstate Appliance because of these reasons:
    http://www.interstateappliance.com/about-us/

    I paid $950 in total (no sale tax and free shipping).

    You can get more details about GE GeoSpring 50-Gallon Hybrid Heat Pump Water Heater here:
    http://www.beebehavior.com/solar_water_heaters.php

    My GE GeoSpring Hybrid Water Heater arrived on time. The installation was very simple and took me about one hour.
    This modern and energy efficient water heater is a real bargain. It costs less than the lowest price of a regular 50 gallon electric water heater ($950 - $400 rebate - $300 Tax credit).

    In fact, I think it's nearly impossible to buy or to build a reliable (regardless of weather condition) solar water heater for the price of $250.
    In some areas rebates are even better than mine. For example, you can "Get a $500 rebate from Seattle City Light when you buy a qualified heat pump water heater."
    http://www.seattle.gov/light/conserv...nt/hpwhrebate/
    Unbelievable - energy efficient water heater for $150! ($950 - $500 rebate - $300 Tax credit).

    You can check all possible Rebates & Incentives for your zip code here: http://www.geappliances.com/heat-pump-hot-water-heater/
    Or you can visit your utility company’s web site. For example, for my area:
    http://www.savingscentral.com/residential.html

    Based on GE calculation: “The investment return period is less than 1.5 years with application of federal tax credit and other state and local utility rebates.“ In my case the investment return period will be about one year.

    For additional savings, I would recommend you to install a water preheater similar to mine: https://sites.google.com/site/solarwaterpreheater/
    And you can also ask your utility company about programs similar to mine (time-of-use billing): http://www.centralhudson.com/residential/time_use.html

    On April 03/2013 I've successfully passed the Central Hudson (my utility company) inspection, because according to the company rules: "All self-installs will be inspected by a Central Hudson representative."

    And recently I've received my $400 rebate check - just in two weeks after inspection.

    So, I'm glad that I bought the GE hybrid (heat pump-electric) water heater, that was assembled here, but not in China. And I'm glad that final price is so reasonable.

    I use my water heater ONLY in the "Heat Pump" mode - as the most efficient mode for this heater.

    Boris Romanov

  2. #2
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    Default Re: GE GeoSpring 50-Gallon Hybrid Heat Pump Water Heater as the smart investment

    I purchased it when it first came out, had been watching its release date for some time prior. Sure wish I was offered $400.00 rebate :-(

    The only issue I had was the top drain that they claim doesn't need a hose, it does! Several times I have had it backup, clog or whatever, easy fix but my only warning sign was a wet floor!

    Other than that I like it.

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    Default Re: GE GeoSpring 50-Gallon Hybrid Heat Pump Water Heater as the smart investment

    Quote Originally Posted by trance View Post
    ...The only issue I had was the top drain that they claim doesn't need a hose, it does! Several times I have had it backup, clog or whatever, easy fix but my only warning sign was a wet floor! ...
    In my case the Owner's Manual clearly states: "It is important to install a drain pipe to the primary drain port coming off the side of the unit."

    Boris Romanov

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    Default Re: GE GeoSpring 50-Gallon Hybrid Heat Pump Water Heater as the smart investment

    Customer service is not all that great
    Last edited by Arkwood; 05-25-2013 at 11:11 AM.

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    Default Re: GE GeoSpring 50-Gallon Hybrid Heat Pump Water Heater as the smart investment

    To pass the inspection (to be qualified for $400 rebate) I had to follow the Installation Instruction.
    Moreover, the statements and recommendations below look very logical to me: "The main drain is intended to carry all condensate away. It is important to install a drain pipe to the primary (!) drain port coming off the side of the unit.
    If it is clogged, the condensate will exit the overflow drain tube and onto the floor. This is intended as a notification (!) to the user that the primary drain is clogged (!)."

    Boris Romanov
    Last edited by Boris; 05-25-2013 at 07:26 AM.

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