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Try Out These Less Traditional Water Heaters This Spring

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Spring is coming slowly but surely, which means the urge for spring cleaning isn't far behind. As you flush out your water heater as recommended once a year to prevent sediment buildup, you may be finding yourself wondering whether you should be in the market for a water heater replacement or a water heater repair.


However, it's important to first understand what it is that sets the different water heaters apart before you start searching for a new one. That being said, here's what sets less traditional water heaters apart from one another aside from having (or not having) a tank.


Heat pump water heaters
Heat pump water heaters work by pulling heat from the outside air and bringing it into the unit. In this way, heat pump water heaters are similar to refrigerators but in reverse. Once there, the water is heated and pumped out through the pipes and out into your faucet.

However, you've probably guessed that these types of water heaters may not do so well in places that don't get too warm. Heat pump water heaters typically work best in places where the outdoor temperature stays between 40 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit year round, which makes Indiana a great candidate.


Indirect water heaters
Indirect water heaters use your furnace or boiler to help heat the water. This works by circulating the water through a heat exchanger via the water heater's storage tank.

While the storage tank can sometimes make this water heater system more energy efficient, the system itself can come with problems. For instance, your furnace or boiler will need to turn on in order to heat the water properly even when it's sweltering outside.


Fortunately, you can reduce the number of times your furnace or boiler needs to turn on if you have the right storage tank. Therefore, you may be able to save more on your utility bills and be more energy efficient with this type of water heater after all.


Whether you're in need of a water heater replacement or a water heater repair due to plumbing problems, Ace Plumbing and Drain Cleaning can help. For more information on plumbing services or to schedule an appointment, contact Ace Plumbing and Drain Cleaning today.