HYBRID WATERHEATERS GEOSPRING VERSES RHEEMPERFOMANCE PLATINUM HYBRID 50 GAL.
The China built Geospring water heater I installed in Oct 2010 finally broke down. The heat pump quit but it still works with the heating elements and I have been using it that way for about a month. Even though the parts and tank are guaranteed for 10 years I figured it makes better economic sence to replace it with a new one. Have read some horrow storys about collecting on the warranty. I read this on the reviews for the Geospring. The owner had to have a ge installer come to make a house call to anilize the trouble. $200.00 service call. Ge sent the parts and the installer come back and installed the part and there was another $200.00 service call and $95.00 labor to change the part. So this guy had $495.00 for service even though the part was free. Since I got 6 1/2 years of trouble free service I know I am way ahead of the game. I bought a new Rheem Performance Platinum Hybred 50 gal water heater from Home Depot for $999.00 that is more modernized and has a better energy rate factor of 3.5. It has provisions for ducting warm air to it and cool air away from it. Also quieter 49 db and it will fit in a tighter space as all hook ups are in front of water heater. Because of the ducting you can have the back right up the wall. So now that I got myself convinced that this is good for me I was hoping to hear others viewpoints about the Rheem. Also when I was trying to look at the energystar website they have Ge Partnered with Haier a Chinese co.