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How do hybrid water heaters work?
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  1. Hybrid water heaters use the combined technology of conventional tank heaters and tankless water heaters. Conventional heaters heat water from the bottom, allowing air to rise through the tank and exit out the top. This wastes a significant amount of heat. Tankless heaters heat from the bottom as well, with the water flowing through copper pipes. Tankless models don't store water, so they can't provide a continuous supply of hot water throughout your home. Hybrid water heaters, by contrast, include a reservoir that holds hot water so you won't run out. Different hybrid water heaters work in different ways; some have extra pipes to warm the water quickly and efficiently, and some use new technology such as fuel cells to heat water using less energy.

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