Where can I install a heat pump water heater?

Heat pump water heaters can be installed in a variety of heated, unheated and unheated "buffer" locations. An unheated "buffer"location is a room that does not have its own heat source, but is next to a room that does. Some examples include:

  • Garage
  • Basement
  • Utility room

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Take advantage of an existing location

  • Many heat pump water heaters can be installed in the same spot as current standard electric water heaters.
  • Take advantage of existing connections (cold water supply, hot water outlet, electrical connection, temperature/pressure relief valve, and drain).

Things to consider

  • Space - Units require at least 1,000 cubic feet of air-flow around them, this is the equivalent of 10'x10'x10' of space
  • Sound - Heat pump water heaters generate sounds similar to an electric fan, this is simply the sound of energy-efficient hot water
  • Cold air - While in operation, heat pump water heaters release cool, dry air into the surrounding space
  • Size/height - Heat pump water heaters are slightly larger than standard electric water heaters

Do-It-Yourself Installation Tips

If you plan to install your new heat pump water heater yourself there are a few things you may need to know. Download our DIY installation tips sheet to familiarize yourself with tips specific to the additional steps required to install a heat pump water heater.
Download the Do-It-Yourself Installation Tips Sheet