80 Gallon Voltex Residential Hybrid Electric Heat Pump Water Heater Zoom

80 Gallon Voltex Residential Hybrid Electric Heat Pump Water Heater

SKU:PHPT-80

Brand: AO Smith

AO Smith
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Specs

Application: Plumbing
Fuel Type: Electric
Capacity (Gallons): 80
Efficiency Mode 1st Hour Rating : 70 Gallon
Hybrid Mode 1st Hour Rating: 84 Gallon
Electric Mode 1st Hour Rating: 76 Gallon
Energy Star Rated: Yes
Height (Inches): 81.5
Diameter (Inches): 24-1/2"
Weight (lbs): 410 lbs
Water Connection: 3/4"
Max Temp (F): 150°F
ASME: No
Energy Factor: 2.3 (Efficiency Mode)
2.3 (Hybrid Mode)
0.85 (Electric Mode)
Voltage:
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240v
Warranty: 10 Year Limited

Description for AO Smith PHPT-80

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

PLEASE NOTE: The product weighs 410 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.

80 Gallon Voltex Residential Hybrid Electric Heat Pump Water Heater

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AO Smith80 Gallon Voltex Residential Hybrid Electric Heat Pump Water Heater
 
4.5

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Working well in the winter!

By I'm no plumber but did it myself.

from Marshfield, WI

Verified Buyer

Comments about 80 Gallon Voltex Residential Hybrid Electric Heat Pump Water Heater:

I just purchased the 80 gallon Voltex. Easy to install except for additional drain lines you wouldn't have with a regular electric water heater. It is February of 2014, in Wisconsin, and I am only using the "efficiency" mode. The water heater is located in my basement in an enclosed storage room, about 400 sf. My basement is a walkout that has about 1500 sf finished. The water heater blows cold air for about 90 minutes while reheating the water after three morning showers and drops the temp in the storage room about 10 degrees. I can live with that as the rest of the basement finished area is mostly unaffected. I have not received an electric bill yet so I can't speak on the electric usage cost, but if it is what is claimed by the manufacturer, I'll be happy.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

So far, so good.

By Roger

from South central PA

Verified Buyer

Comments about 80 Gallon Voltex Residential Hybrid Electric Heat Pump Water Heater:

I installed this water heater to replace my on demand system. We have not run out of hot water yet and my wife washes clothes a lot. The unit is very heavy(410 lbs) so I had professional movers get it to the basement. It installed easily, works fine, and seems to be the solution I am looking for the high electric bill and cold water sandwich in the shower also. The unit blows a lot of cold air in heat pump mode so for the winter it will be set to standard element operation, but the sticker claim of $200 per year will be yet to be seen until the spring when I go back to hybrid mode. A.O. smith was the best choice I could think of because of the glass lined tank. I have a 50 gal one that is over 25 years old and still works, I hoping for the same results with this one.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Hybrid water heater review

By cujet

from Jupiter, FL

Verified Reviewer

Comments about 80 Gallon Voltex Residential Hybrid Electric Heat Pump Water Heater:

I just changed from a 50 gallon propane water heater, to the 80 gallon Voltex hybrid/electric heat pump water heater. I run 6 shower heads in my luxury, dual shower bathroom. The propane heater was cranked all the way up to 160 degrees to help prevent running out of hot water. The Voltex is 80 gallons, a substantial increase in size, so for the same shower performance, the water can be less hot. I'm totally satisfied with the performance of the hot water from the Voltex.I was spending about $200 per month in $4/gal propane, which is absurd. The Voltex, in heat pump mode, consumes about 4.8 to 6 KWH per day. Or, in real world terms about a dollar a day around here. Much better. Even if this thing needs repairs after a few years, it's still worth it for me. As my payback time is 1 year. I have it in my garage, where the heat pump's cold air output helps keep it cooler. It's not air conditioning, but it does cool and dry the air when it's heating the water. I am seeing 83 degree garage temps, where as I saw 95 to 100 before.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent product

By John

from Chevy Chase, MD

Verified Buyer

Comments about 80 Gallon Voltex Residential Hybrid Electric Heat Pump Water Heater:

We installed the Voltex water heater a few weeks ago and have been very satisfied with its performance so far. We like that it allows for easy, precise selection of water temperature via the control panel, which is very simple and easy to understand. It's difficult for me to peg the electricity savings specifically at this point because our entire house is undergoing a lot of changes that affect our electricity usage, but I'm trusting the science on this one. Anecdotally, I have it on the full efficiency setting which means that it only uses the heat pump so I know easily when it is or is not using electricity to heat the water, and I can say that it must be well insulated because it does not kick on very often. One note of advice -- we had to also get a pressure control valve added to our water intake, and it ran a couple hundred dollars installed, so you may want to figure that into your costs if necessary. I'd consult the manual before you buy if you're worried about that. It does make the room in which it is situated cooler and drier due to the dehumidifying effect, but that shouldn't be a problem for most people who likely have basement installations (where dehumidification is a nice bonus...) When the heat pump operates, it is a little bit noisy too, but only to the point where it might make a conversation difficult if you were standing right next to it. Don't really hear it outside of the room it is in.

(0 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

unsure

By thom

from texaa

Verified Buyer

Comments about 80 Gallon Voltex Residential Hybrid Electric Heat Pump Water Heater:

its noisy but better then i thought. its huge had to make some changes in the hook up. not sure if its saving me money yet.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Very efficient, but need the right space

By gaileynfo

from Callaway, MD

Verified Buyer

Comments about 80 Gallon Voltex Residential Hybrid Electric Heat Pump Water Heater:

Had this unit almost two months now, and for my family of four, this water heater is saving me $50 or more a month in electricity. With the tax credits, I figure it will pay for itself in less than two years without even factoring in the fact that I needed a new water heater anyway. However, things to keep in mind: 1) It needs lots of reasonably warm air to be most efficient. When the heat pump is running, it is moving A LOT of air. My water heater was in a closet in my finished basement and I decided to change the doors to louvered doors and add a couple vents for air movement. Even so, it's still better when I just leave the doors open. 2) The exhaust air is quite cold. This will be great come summer, but in winter it makes whatever space it's in very cold unless it's by a heat source. I run a pellet stove in my basement because it's my entertainment room as well, and the cold front from the water heater fights the warm front from the pellet stove. However, it only runs when it needs to, which translates for us to about 3-4 hours in the evening and a couple hours in the morning. 3) A little noisy. Sounds like a window air conditioner, but that should be expected. 4) Pay attention to the dimensions of your space and the pathway to get the water heater there. This thing is VERY heavy and it's hard to truly appreciate how tall it is until you stand next to it. (It is actually slightly taller than a standard doorway, so it has to be tilted to get through.) [...] 5) It needs an expansion tank on the water line if your house doesn't have one. My house didn't and since I hadn't had any problems, I didn't think about it until the T/P valve started leaking a little every day. That stopped when I put a 4.4 gal expansion tank in my system. All that being said, anyone buying this is doing so for one thing: savings on electricity, and it does that very well. The display is simple and easy to use, the hot water is plentiful (I haven't run out, even with 3 showers, laundry, and a dishwasher going), and as I started with, the electricity savings is substantial, especially if you're in a high cost electricy area like me (MD). My electricity usage last month was the lowest I have ever had in this house in 11 years; a whole 30% lower than my previous record.

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  • 80 Gallon Voltex Residential Hybrid Electric Heat Pump Water Heater

    Q:

    About how many KWhr of electricity (on average)will it use annually? We want to be able to project how many solar panels would be needed to power it.
    Asked on 8/5/2013 by Solardave from Placerville, CA

    3 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Have no clue. Too many as compared to Eco cube.

      Answered on 8/5/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I don't know based on my own experience but you can estimate this from the energy star appliance data at the department of Energy website I think
      Sent from my iPhone

      Answered on 8/5/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      That doesn't have a simple answer because the amount of electricity it will
      use in a year is HIGHLY dependent on the amount of your usage and also the
      ambient air temperature where it is installed. I read elsewhere that in
      full heat pump mode (max economy), the water heater draws 1100 watts, which
      sounds about right because I can actually run it easily with my generator.
      The amount of time it runs of course depends on how much water it has to
      heat to get back to your temperature setting and the temperature of the air
      it's drawing that heat from. During the winter, after my wife and two girls
      take their showers, it runs ~5 hours when the space it's in is about 61 deg.
      F. During the summer that time is only 3 hours when the space is about
      69-70 deg F (it's in my basement, water temp. set to 125 deg F). Change any
      of those variables and the run time changes. Savings vs my previous
      standard builder's grade 80 gal water heater was about 30%, and it fully
      paid for itself and installation in 33 months.

      Answered on 8/5/2013 by Anonymous
  • 80 Gallon Voltex Residential Hybrid Electric Heat Pump Water Heater

    Q:

    doew this need to be connected to the home heat pump or does it have its own?
    Asked on 4/1/2012 by george

    1 answer

    • CUSTOMER CARE

      A:

      This water heater does not need to be connected to an existing heat pump. It functions as a heat pump to heat domestic water.

      Answered on 4/3/2012 by PexSupply Staff from NY
  • 80 Gallon Voltex Residential Hybrid Electric Heat Pump Water Heater

    Q:

    How much space do you need to operate this unit?
    Asked on 3/5/2011 by mrgerv from ottawa ontario canada

    2 answers

    • CUSTOMER CARE

      A:

      The water heater must be located in a space 750 cubic feet or larger, and must have unrestricted airflow. As an example, a room that has an 8 foot tall ceiling and is 10 feet long by 9-1/2 feet wide would contain 760 cubic feet. For optimal efficiency and serviceability, the following clearances should be maintained: 3 feet on the air inlet side, 5 feet. on the air outlet side, 6 inches in the back, and 2 feet in the front.

      Answered on 3/7/2011 by PexSupply Staff from NY
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I think the unit needs about 800 cubic feet of space for the heat transfer to work efficiently in heat pump mode.

      Answered on 1/10/2012 by Roger from South central PA
  • 80 Gallon Voltex Residential Hybrid Electric Heat Pump Water Heater

    Q:

    Does anyone know if the voltex can be used for radiant floor heating?
    Asked on 10/21/2010 by gardina from juneau

    1 answer

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      A:

      It is not recommended by the manufacturer to use this for radiant floor heating.

      Answered on 10/21/2010 by PexSupply Staff from NY
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