A hybrid water heater combines a heat pump system with a storage-tank water heater. Instead of using electrical resistance to heat up the water in the tank, the water heater takes heat from the air around the water heater using the heat pump. The heat pump’s refrigerant that absorbed the outside heat then transports it to a heat exchanger that releases it into the tank to raise the water temperature.  Hybrid water heaters are little different that other types of water heaters as they generate heat from the bottom of the tank from its burner and send cold water through from the top. Even for tankless hybrids you will find them heating from the bottom part of the heater. Top Picks: 5 Hybrid Water Heaters Depending on what you are looking for in a water heater and how much space you have available will determine which one will best fit your…

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