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Which Water Heater Type is Best for You?

tank-water-heaterWater heaters are built to last, but they don’t last forever. Sooner or later, you’re going to need to replace your current water heater with a new one. Fortunately for you, there are plenty of options available on the market.

Each water heater type has its own pros and cons, so it’s important to consider which is best for you before you decide. Have a look at three of the most popular water heater types below, and the advantages that each could offer you were you to install it.


Tank water heaters are the most popular on the market today. When you imagine a water heater, there is a good chance that you picture a tank water heater. These systems are identifiable by their large storage tanks, which they use to maintain a standing supply of hot water at all times. While this is certainly convenient, it does waste a lot of energy on an annual basis. It also means that once the standing supply of hot water has been exhausted, you’ll have to wait for more to be heated.


Tankless water heaters are meant to address some of the shortfalls of tank water heaters. Tankless water heaters don’t make use of storage tanks, as the name suggests. Rather, they use heat exchangers in the same way a boiler might. The system remains off until it is needed, at which point it turns on and runs water through the heat exchanger to warn it on the way to its destination. Once the demand for hot water subsides, the system turns off until it is needed again.

The downside to using a tankless water heater is that it is more easily overwhelmed than a tank water heater. There is also a short delay between when the water heater is activated and when hot water arrives at the faucet.

Heat Pump

A heat pump water heater is a tank water heater, but one that has a heat pump coil built into it. The system draws thermal energy from the air around the system, and vents it into the water in the tank. This helps to make the system more energy efficient, as well as heats the water in the tank faster.

A heat pump water heater is a great choice for homeowners who want to save money without sacrificing output. You need to make sure that the system has enough space to get proper air flowing into the heat pump coils, of course. With the right professional handling your installation, though, that shouldn’t be a problem. Heat pump water heaters can provide you with the energy efficiency of a tankless water heater, with the storage capacity of a tank water heater.

Pipeworks Inc. provides a full range of water heater installation services throughout Bloomington, IL. If you need a new water heater installed in your home, contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our expert technicians. We’ll find the perfect water heater solution for your needs.

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