60 Gallon Voltex Residential Hybrid Electric Heat Pump Water Heater Zoom

60 Gallon Voltex Residential Hybrid Electric Heat Pump Water Heater

SKU:PHPT-60

Brand: AO Smith

AO Smith
PHPT-60 has been discontinued.
Suggested Alternative:
SKU: SHPT-50
Brand: AO Smith
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Specs

Application: Plumbing
Fuel Type: Electric
Capacity (Gallons): 60
Efficiency Mode 1st Hour Rating : 51 Gallon
Hybrid Mode 1st Hour Rating: 68 Gallon
Electric Mode 1st Hour Rating: 66 Gallon
Energy Star Rated: Yes
Height (Inches): 67.33
Diameter (Inches): 24-1/2"
Weight (lbs): 332 lbs
Water Connection: 3/4"
Max Temp (F): 150°F
ASME: No
Energy Factor: 2.40 (Efficiency Mode)
2.33 (Hybrid Mode)
0.88 (Electric Mode)
Voltage:
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240v
Warranty: 10 Year Limited

Description for AO Smith PHPT-60

The Voltex Hybrid Electric Heat Pump Water Heater is an integrated system that utilizes heat pump technology to provide a more efficient way to heat water with electricity. The Voltex pulls heat from the surrounding air and deposits the heat into the tank. The end result is very efficient production of hot water, with cooler and dehumidified air as a welcome by-product.

Over twice as efficient as a standard electric water heater and easy to install, the Voltex more than lives up to its impressive reputation. With flexible operation modes, this is a water heater designed to work in many different applications.

Water heaters typically use more energy than most other household appliances. On average, they use more energy than a household's refrigerator, dishwasher, clothes washer and dryer combined. The great news is that the Voltex has been designed to dramatically decrease the cost of operation. In fact, the Voltex can translate into quite significant savings for the homeowner over the course of its lifespan. Just how significant? With its 2.3 EF rating (compared to an average .93 -.95 EF rating of a standard electric model), this innovative water heater can cut annual operating costs by more than half.

The Voltex Hybrid Electric Heat Pump Water Heater can be effectively used in all areas of the U.S. Based on the location, either or both of the heating components - heat pump and traditional heating elements - will operate for optimal performance.

How does it work?

  • Absorbs ambient heat from the surrounding air to heat water using a compressor and environmentally friendly R134a refrigerant
  • Self-contained heat pump unit is integrated into the top of the tank
  • Multiple modes of operation allow flexibility for different hot water needs

Features:
  • INCREASED STORAGE ENHANCES EFFICIENCY: The high capacity tank enables the heat pump to operate more frequently instead of the elements. This provides higher energy efficiency and lower operating costs, saving money for the home-owner. Additional storage facilitates heat pump performance even in cooler climates.
  • ENERGY EFFICIENCY: 2.3 Energy Factor conserves energy and meets Energy Star ® requirements
  • CHOICE OF OPERATING MODES: Select from Efficiency, Hybrid, or conventional Electric modes to match heating requirements to environmental conditions. Hybrid mode automatically adjusts between compressor and element, depending upon heat requirements. Vacation mode protects system components from freeze damage.
  • BACKUP ELECTRIC ELEMENTS: Long-lasting incoloy heating elements, 240V/2000W lower and 240V/4500W upper, helps heat water when in conventional Electric or Hybrid modes.
  • ELECTRONIC USER INTERFACE: User friendly electronic control module designed for easy interaction. Large LCD temperature display shows temperature in °F or °C, operating conditions, and service messages in easy to read format. Backlit mode buttons, safety lock to deter unwanted access and three-line display communicates current status and error messages when applicable.
  • POWERED ANODE: A powered anode is installed to protect the tank from corrosion and eliminate the service requirements of a conventional anode rod.
  • DEHUMIDIFICATION: Ideal for basements, the compressor transfers heat to your water while dehumidifying the ambient air. Washable heat pump filter is easily removed for routine cleaning.
  • TEN YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY
  • Qualifies for 2010 FEDERAL Tax Credit of up to $1,500
***Image depicts PHPT-80 Model***

PLEASE NOTE: The product weighs 332 lbs. and may require the use of a
lift gate.
If you do require a lift gate at your delivery, you'll have the option to add this FREE of charge when you checkout.

60 Gallon Voltex Residential Hybrid Electric Heat Pump Water Heater

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AO Smith60 Gallon Voltex Residential Hybrid Electric Heat Pump Water Heater
 
4.2

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5.0

My second installation of this product

By Roger

from Lancaster PA

Verified Buyer

Comments about 60 Gallon Voltex Residential Hybrid Electric Heat Pump Water Heater:

This is a really good product that works like it is supposed to. It also helps to dehumidify the basement and the glass lined tank is another plus. I replaced an A.O. Smith water heater that was about 30 years old with this one. With a well water ph of 5 the glass lined tank was a necessity and I am hoping this one performs better than my first with the water treatment system I also installed ahead of my system. It does blow a lot of cold air from the heat pump so I intend to use the element only setting in the winter.

 
5.0

A cool way to heat water!

By Pat

from St. Cloud, FL

Verified Buyer

Comments about 60 Gallon Voltex Residential Hybrid Electric Heat Pump Water Heater:

We are using it in the Heatpump mode for the first month and have never run out of hot water and no complaints from the family that the water is not hot enough. There is a little noise from the fan, but since it is in the garage it is no more noticable than the A/C air handler located near it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

NOT MADE FOR CLOSET INSTALLATIONS

By t14tedds

from Dallas Texas

Verified Reviewer

Comments about 60 Gallon Voltex Residential Hybrid Electric Heat Pump Water Heater:

I am an installer that have been installing solar water heaters for 8 years and have switched my customers to the heat pump wtr htr. They are much less complicated systems and not much less in efficiency, just add 1.5 KW of Solar PV and it will take care of all the energy demand of the wtr htr. But they do need to be installed in a 750 sq ft area and not a closet like most wtr htr are in the Dallas area unless you use the duct kits and less than 10' of duct. The problem is no one carries then or knows a part #. AO Smith and American are made by the same people and share the same kit. The AO Smith site does not give a part number and the American gives the wrong number. The correct part # for the 60 and 80 gallon is -
Inlet Duct Adaptor 991000-5000
Outlet Duct Adaptor 991000-6000

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Nice, efficient heater, bad paint

By Wesley

from Hollis, NH

Verified Reviewer

Comments about 60 Gallon Voltex Residential Hybrid Electric Heat Pump Water Heater:

I installed this water heater about three months ago and it's been working fine. Always in 'Efficiency' mode it delivers plenty of hot water for a family of four without overexerting itself.

However, lately I was working in the basement near the unit and noticed that the paint on the outside started to bubble and peeled away quite easily when rubbed, revealing rusting metal beneath.
The photo shows where it's worst, but the streaks of bubbles are all around the unit.

The basement is reasonably dry. Never noticed any leaks or any water in the pan. My conclusion is that paint (or powder) job was just done poorly.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Exceptional value

By Tom

from Seattle, WA

Verified Buyer

Comments about 60 Gallon Voltex Residential Hybrid Electric Heat Pump Water Heater:

I upgraded to this Heat Pump water heater to replace a leaking water heater and to take advantage of the energy savings. In taking the AO Smith training course to be certified to install and service this Heat Pump water heater I learned that the licensed water heater installer that installed the original tank did so without installing an expansion tank in a closed system. realizing that the leak was being caused by this, I decided to leave the existing tank in place as an additional storage tank and I plumbed the AO Smith Vortex tank in series with an expansion tank in the cold water line. With my recirculation pump, I am able to operate the Heat Pump in Efficiency mode all the time as I now have 120 gallons of hot water to draw on. Yesterday the Heat Pump controller failed. I contacted AO Smith and they have shipped a controller next day air. I am very pleased with Pex supply for the sale and shipping of this product. I am even more pleased with the excellent service and support from the commercial team at OA Smith.
Sincerely,
Tom Dunstan
Retired electric meterman

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

So far so good

By tlight

from Clinton, NJ

Verified Buyer

Comments about 60 Gallon Voltex Residential Hybrid Electric Heat Pump Water Heater:

I have had this water heater installed for a little over a week. I cannot express how happy my family is now. I was running off a heater coil on a water boiler. I chose to go with the heat pump technology to utilize the most efficient method of heating water. The tax break is nice too :). It works great. Ample hot water. Note that the unit is heavy and most importantly, top heavy. This makes it tricky to maneuver. The one downside is that this unit is fairly noisy when in its highest efficiency mode. Other modes offer quiet operation with less efficiency. The shipping was adequate and quick. We can now wait-and-see if this unit will have a long life...

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Everything great so far!

By Mr. Conclusion

from Pasadena, MD

Verified Buyer

Comments about 60 Gallon Voltex Residential Hybrid Electric Heat Pump Water Heater:

The water heater is large and impressive looking! The status screen and touch controls light up which makes it easy to operate in a dark basement corner. The buttons for adjusting the temperature or operating modes just "wake up" and illuminate at the first touch so you need to touch twice to actually change anything... which is a good feature against accidental changes when you just brush past it.

The heat pump operates perfectly. It moves a lot of air and cools/dehumidifes really well. You certainly wouldn't want this installed in a closet though. When the heat pump is running the sound level is like a small window air conditioner. On electric heat it's as silent as any other water heater.

Electrical hookup was straightforward. Also wiring in the condensate alarm was easy. If the condensate pump "trips" the alarm the unit switches to electric heat so you don't lose your hot water until you have a chance to sort out the condensate pump. (those of you lucky enough to have a floor drain handy have my envy!)

Overall it's an excellent unit and I would recommend it to anyone who has a basement installation. I reckon a few hundred bucks in savings for not needing to buy a separate dehumidifier on top of the energy savings. Plus whenever I run hot water, my (non-air conditioned) basement gets cooled down. Neat!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

what a beautiful concept!

By rj

from santa fe, new mexico

Verified Buyer

Comments about 60 Gallon Voltex Residential Hybrid Electric Heat Pump Water Heater:

it will reduce my cost for hot water by 50%.
in the summertime it will exchange hot air for cool air and help cool our adobe, passive-solar home.
it has an easy-to-use led panel which offers four different settings for heating the water plus a visual read-out of what temperature you want your water to be.
it has state and federal tax breaks because of how energy efficient it is. we live in new mexico.
it takes more space than the water heater you are replacing. we had to build a larger enclosure for it to be in.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Significant electric bill savings

By Jon

from Dublin, Ohio

Verified Reviewer

Comments about 60 Gallon Voltex Residential Hybrid Electric Heat Pump Water Heater:

I installed this hybrid water heater about 8 months ago. I've set it at 120 degrees F in the hybrid mode. My electric usage went from 6400 KWH for the month of July 2011 to 2500 KWH for July 2012. Nothing else changed. I have continued to use my AC on the same programmed thermostat and I think the weather was actually hotter this year. At my electric rates this water heater has paid for itself in less than a year. I'm very pleased with the efficiency.

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  • 60 Gallon Voltex Residential Hybrid Electric Heat Pump Water Heater

    Q:

    can it be installed in a closet?
    Asked on 3/8/2014 by Merla from Kansas

    2 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I don’t think so. It needs free air flow so that the heat pump works properly.

      Answered on 3/9/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Sure but it won't be very efficient. The heat pump works best in larger areas because it takes the heat out of the air to heat the water. In a closet there won't be much air and this will cause the unit to use more electricity to heat the water like a standard electric unit would.

      Answered on 3/8/2014 by John from Maryland
  • 60 Gallon Voltex Residential Hybrid Electric Heat Pump Water Heater

    Q:

    I have a family of four who can use a 13 year old double element 50 gal A.O. Smith w/out having any showers get cold. would a 60 gallon hybrid maintain this standard, or would an 80 gallon be recommended. Space is a concern (plenty of open space and can make the clearances, but existing heater is in a garage corner).
    Asked on 8/6/2013 by Doug from NC

    4 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I can't really answer for a family of four, as I've only had at most two
      living in my house. But since I installed the 60 gallon hybrid, we've had
      way more hot water than we ever cared to use. However, I set the thermostat
      at 140 degrees and installed a mixing valve to lower the temperature of the
      water to the fixtures to a safe level. 60 gallons at 140 degrees goes a
      long way.
      Rob

      Answered on 8/6/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I've been using my 60 gallon hybred for over a year and have never had a problem with it running out of hot water.
      Bob
      Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID

      Answered on 8/6/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      60 gallon should be enough unless showers are too long. I find in
      connecticut that in summer heat pump is fine. late fall through winter
      hybrid is fine. Tank requires space from wall for intake and exhaust,
      particularly intake, so face towards largest clearance.

      Answered on 8/6/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      If you are getting a gas hybrid, you are probably going to love it, however; the electric unit is not worth buying. It would make a good boat anchor. We have a 60 gal unit and with only 2 of us, we have to keep it set to the highest temp and we can still not both take a shower and we have it set on element. Don't even try for 1 shower if set on hybrid.
      Sorry but I would definitely NOT recommend an electric hybrid unit.

      Answered on 8/6/2013 by Anonymous
  • 60 Gallon Voltex Residential Hybrid Electric Heat Pump Water Heater

    Q:

    can this unit be used for baseboard heating system ?
    Asked on 6/12/2012 by donny from walpole mass

    2 answers

    • CUSTOMER CARE

      A:

      According to the manufacturer, the KW input of the heater is only 2300 in the heat pump mode, and this is very small. This is why the storage is so big--to make up for the slow recovery. These heaters take time to recover, but do it very efficiently. When using a heater with the additional load of the space heating, the heater would fall behind and never be able to keep up. They would recommend not to use this for any space heat application.

      Answered on 6/15/2012 by PexSupply Staff from NY
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I wouldn't do that. It just doesn't make any sense and would not be energy efficient. This is a heat pump that pulls heat from the air in your home to heat the domestic hot water. In the summer months it acts like free air conditioning for your home. Attempting to heat your home with it wouldn't work. You would just pull hesat from the air in one location and put it in another. Look for a heating unit like the Weil McClain high efficiency gas heaters, like the ultra series.

      Answered on 6/12/2012 by Anonymous
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