80 Gallon Electric Water Heater Options

80 Gallon Electric Hot Water Heater Options

Many homes in Palm Beach County have 80 gallon electric hot water heaters installed. When these water heaters fail, you will find that finding a replacement 80 gallon water heater is almost impossible.

The reason for that is the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act of 2015. Water heaters manufactured after April 16, 2015, must meet the new energy requirements. This law applies to electric and gas hot water heaters. The gas hot water heaters are still available because the makers could make changes to the tanks that brought them into compliance. The 60, 80. and 100 gallon tanks are not efficient enough to meet the new energy requirements.

So what do you do if you have a large tank like a 60, 80 or 100 gallon electric hot water heater? If downsizing the amount of hot water available in your home is not an option then there are several ways to get the same amount of hot water and some that could save you money on your monthly electric bill.

Below I will list several options that you may be presented with by plumbers who are quoting your water heater replacement.

1. Hybrid Hot Water Heater

This is not a hybrid in the auto sense meaning part gas part electric. This is the hybrid between a heat pump and a traditional electric water heater tank. A heat pump uses the heat in the room to heat the water and it is boosted by a traditional water heater tank with a heating element. This is the most efficient option and it is perfect for South Florida. Your electrical costs will be as low as $100 per year operating the tank year round.

2. 50 Gallon Tank with a Tankless Booster

This option has a standard 50 gallon electric tank that is boosted up to 80 gallons with a small tankless water heater. This option is less expensive initially than the hybrid but it will cost more per year to run depending on your usage.

3. 50 Gallon Tank with a Thermostatic Mixing Valve

This option is perhaps the least expensive initially. We install a standard tank and then turn up the thermostat to high. The hot water is too hot for home use, but it is tempered by the mixing valve that allows only the right temperature water to your showers and faucets. This may increase your monthly bill because you are running the heater at a higher temperature.

4. Light Commercial 80 Gallon Tank

Many plumbers are installing a light commercial 80 gallon tank. This is very similar to your 80 gallon tank that is being replaced. This is kind of a loophole in the law. The drawbacks are that the tank is more expensive than residential tanks, the warranty is only for 1 year, and the installation goes against the spirit of the energy conservation law.

5. Tankless Electric

This option is generally not used to replace and 80 gallon tank because of the amount of hot water needed in the home. If you are doing a complete remodel, then this may be an option and you could use multiple tankless heaters for each bathroom or area. If that is the case or if the home is new construction then this may be an option for you.

In conclusion there is a new law as of 2015 and it does do away with residential 60, 75, and 80 gallon hot water heaters that are electric. There are many options, though, and some can save you greatly on your electric utility bill.

Call us today to replace that old 80 Gallon Water Heater.

Water Heating Experts 561-602-9062

Working Water Heater But Still Not Enough Hot Water, We Have Solution.

GPM Turn On: 0.3 GPM Max Volume: 8 GPM @ 60psi Max Outlet Temp: 140°F Max Operating Pressure: 150 psiMany water heaters are working fine but they are undersized for the home usage. There is an innovative solution from Eemax that combines a small tankless hot water heater to your current hot water heater.

This booster can turn a 50-gallon water heater into the equivalent of an 80-gallon tank. The Eemax AutoBooster adds up to 45% capacity to water heater tanks. The Autobooster can be added to your electric hot water heater without any other wiring. The tank does work with gas hot water heaters, but you will need some additional wiring for the tankless booster.

Call Water Heating Experts in Palm Beach County if you need to boost your current hot water heater or if you need a new hot water heater. We are licensed plumbers who specialize in hot water heaters.

Call Eric at 561-602-9062

For more information on the Eemax Autobooster read below and there is a short video explanation.

Features of the Eemax AutoBooster

Vacation Mode: Works with electric tanks to shut down the tank when away on vacation
Eco Mode: Works with electric tanks to conserve energy by turning the tank on an off on a set schedule
Activation Temperature: Set inlet temperature at which the AutoBooster™ activates
Freeze Protect: Works with electric tanks to automatically power on the tank if the AutoBooster™ inlet thermistor senses that the tank outlet has dropped below 60°F
Max Temperature: Set the maximum temperature that the AutoBooster™ will heat up to
Low lead certified to ANSI/NSF 372 by WQA
ETL listed to UL 499/CSA

Power: 7.2kW
Volts: 240 VAC
Phase: Single
Amperage: 30
Required Wire: 10 Gauge Copper Wire
Required Breaker: 1 x 30 Double Pole

Performance Specification
GPM Turn On: 0.3 GPM
Max Volume: 8 GPM @ 60psi
Max Outlet Temp: 140°F
Max Operating Pressure: 150 psi