What Is a Heat Pump Water Heater?

You might already know what a heat pump is: it’s a comfort system that works similar to an air conditioner, absorbing heat in one location with refrigerant and then releasing it in another location. Unlike an air conditioner, a heat pump can operate in two different direction, either removing heat from inside a house or bringing heat from outside into the house.

Now imagine this power attached to a water heater. At the top of the water heater tank is a heat pump with a compressor. The refrigerant absorbs ambient thermal energy from the air around the heat pump. It then sends the heated refrigerant down into the tank and a heat exchanger, where it releases the heat and warms up the water. You still use electricity to heat the water, but instead of applying electrical power directly to the water, electricity power components that move heat into the water.

Advantages of a Heat Pump Water Heater

The main advantage of using this type of system for heating water is that it uses less electrical power than a conventional electric water heater. As we explained above, the system uses electricity to move heat rather than to create it, and this takes far less voltage. If you swap out a standard electric water heater for a tankless one, you can expect to see significant savings on your electrical bills each month.

Some households that have natural gas connections may wish to convert to a heat pump water heater, as they offer the benefit of safety, since they won’t emit any toxic gases or create combustion hazards. Some heat pump water heaters can be combined with a heat pump that supplies comfort for the house.

Richardson, TX Heat Pump Water Heater Service

A heat pump water heater isn’t the best choice for every home, so if you are thinking about having one installed, the first step is to contact our service professionals for an appointment. We also work with standard tank water heaters and energy–efficient tankless systems. We’ll use our many years of expertise and training to locate the ideal system for your home. Earthwise Home Services also offers repair service—including 24–hour emergency response when you need it—and regular maintenance. Rely on us for your water heating needs in Richardson, TX and throughout the Dallas–Fort Worth area.