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Kenmore Elite 59250 50-gallon Hybrid Electric Water Heater

Item# 04259250000P | Model# 59250 | Added on June 23, 2016 |
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Kenmore Elite 59250 50-gallon Hybrid Electric Water Heater
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Kenmore® is proud to introduce Kenmore Elite Hybrid Electric Heat Pump Water Heaters. These models utilize compressor technology with environmentally friendly R134a refrigerant to absorb heat from the surrounding air and transfer it to the water. Heat Pump water heaters have the ability to produce the same amount of hot water as a standard electric water heater using less than half the electricity. Estimated annual savings of $392*Homeowners save up to 71% in annual operating costs, providing payback in 2-3 years, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions*ENERGY STAR® Qualified appliance - qualifies for many state and local utility rebates3.24 Energy Factor Rating70 First Hour Hot Water Delivery RatingQuiet operation 51 dBa10-year limited tank and parts warranty; 1-year labor warrantyIntuitive electronic user interface allows easy control of temperature settings and operating modesAdvanced electronic control system provides precise temperature control and communicates diagnosticsFour operating modes allow homeowner to optimize performance and savingsEye level LED electronic displayLong-lasting backup heating elements provide a redundant source of heat and supplemental heat during periods of heavy usageCompatible with optional Kenmore Smart Water Heater Module (#58000) with WiFi connectivity for remote monitoring, control and leak detection from your Smartphone. *Compared to a Kenmore standard electric water heater of the same size.

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By AKinCBus
December 22nd, 2016
A good choice if you're aware of limitations

I purchased this 50 gallon Kenmore hybrid water heater to replace a functional but inefficient 40-gallon natural gas fired unit. I was interested in saving energy, reducing my carbon footprint, and the side benefit of dehumidification, given that the basement is a bit musty. I needed to run a new 30 amp wire from my panel, but I’m handy and it wasn’t difficult. If you have an existing electric model, you’re good to go. Overall I'm happy with the purchase, but I do have a few suggestions for people in cooler climates. I live in the Midwest and my water source is a surface reservoir. It obviously gets quite cold in the winter, with incoming cold tap water in December at ~40°F. The water heater is located in a basement that is ~65°F, and I set the unit to 125°F in hybrid mode. With those things in mind, the unit will provide sufficient hot water for a 15-20 minute shower, but it takes quite a bit longer than a gas or standard electric unit to recover under winter conditions. If you live in a colder climate like me and regularly see back to back showers at your house, you’ll want to do one of the following: Buy a bigger size heater, use a low flow showerhead (1.5 GPM), or turn up the water temperature to a higher level. Initially, I was a bit disappointed with its performance. However, I ended up going with option 2, getting a low flow showerhead, and am now satisfied with the amount of hot water it provides. If you decide to turn up the temperature, please use caution and make sure your sink and shower values have mixing devices so you won’t get scalded. I have a kid at home so I didn’t want to risk it. You also have the option of using conventional electric mode during times of high demand. That works very well but defeats the purpose of buying this unit if you use it often. Other errata: The unit is not particularly noisy, but if you put it next to a living space you may hear it running. The sound is very similar to a window air conditioner but I don’t find it bothersome. You’ll need to check the air filter periodically to ensure good performance. I also purchased the Wi-Fi module and can control the unit with my smartphone. It works well and you can change modes, but doesn’t do much other than give you a rough estimate of the available hot water and supposedly notifies you if the water sensor detects a leak. Final verdict: It’s a good unit with some drawbacks in cool climates. If you live anyplace that is consistently warm, none of these caveats will apply to you and I recommend this water heater without reservations.

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I purchased this 50 gallon Kenmore hybrid water heater to replace a functional but inefficient 40-gallon natural gas fired unit. I was interested in saving energy, reducing my carbon footprint, and the side benefit of dehumidification, given that the basement is a bit musty. I needed to run a new 30 amp wire from my panel, but I’m handy and it wasn’t difficult. If you have an existing electric model, you’re good to go.


Overall I'm happy with the purchase, but I do have a few suggestions for people in cooler climates. I live in the Midwest and my water source is a surface reservoir. It obviously gets quite cold in the winter, with incoming cold tap water in December at ~40°F. The water heater is located in a basement that is ~65°F, and I set the unit to 125°F in hybrid mode.
With those things in mind, the unit will provide sufficient hot water for a 15-20 minute shower, but it takes quite a bit longer than a gas or standard electric unit to recover under winter conditions. If you live in a colder climate like me and regularly see back to back showers at your house, you’ll want to do one of the following: Buy a bigger size heater, use a low flow showerhead (1.5 GPM), or turn up the water temperature to a higher level.


Initially, I was a bit disappointed with its performance. However, I ended up going with option 2, getting a low flow showerhead, and am now satisfied with the amount of hot water it provides. If you decide to turn up the temperature, please use caution and make sure your sink and shower values have mixing devices so you won’t get scalded. I have a kid at home so I didn’t want to risk it. You also have the option of using conventional electric mode during times of high demand. That works very well but defeats the purpose of buying this unit if you use it often.


Other errata: The unit is not particularly noisy, but if you put it next to a living space you may hear it running. The sound is very similar to a window air conditioner but I don’t find it bothersome. You’ll need to check the air filter periodically to ensure good performance. I also purchased the Wi-Fi module and can control the unit with my smartphone. It works well and you can change modes, but doesn’t do much other than give you a rough estimate of the available hot water and supposedly notifies you if the water sensor detects a leak.


Final verdict: It’s a good unit with some drawbacks in cool climates. If you live anyplace that is consistently warm, none of these caveats will apply to you and I recommend this water heater without reservations.

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