You surely will complain when you find out that your water heater is no longer functional. That’s normal. It has long been a part of households for the reason that it provides a great deal of inconvenience to us. However, have you ever really thought about how it works its magic? Well, magic may be a bit too much to use but seriously, heating systems are amusing. For starters, learn more about a gas hot water heater. Read this article and learn how it gives you water for your morning coffee.
The standard “tank type” water heater is found in most homes and with just a little maintenance, provides years of trouble free operation. Unlike tankless water heaters which have no storage stank, the tank type water heater heats cold water and stores the hot water until it is needed. This tutorial will give you a clear understanding of the components which make up the tank type gas water heater.
The gas water heater works by a law of physics called convection which loosely paraphrased, states that heat rises. Now please don’t run off just because I said “physics”. Heat rising and convection is a simple rule that you live with everyday and a hot water tank is no exception. Cold water is supplied to the tank and injected at the bottom of the tank through a dip tube. The denser cold water stays there and is heated by the gas burner.
So it looks like a gas water heater has several parts including the gas supply lines and shut off valves, the T&P valve (which I’m pretty sure is also present in other types of heating units), the overflow pipe, gas burner control, flue, water supply lines, tank insulation, dip tube, drain valve and gas burner. It’s pretty much the same as electric water heaters except for the gas supply, burner and burner control parts. Anyway, let’s learn more about electric heaters then! Read this article.
Typical household water heater has 2 heating elements called upper and lower elements. Elements are controlled by upper and lower thermostats. Each element is connected to a thermostat. Thermostats read temperature through side of tank wall and turn elements ON and OFF. Residential water heater thermostats can be manually set to temperatures between 90º to 150º. Some 170º. Higher thermostat settings use more electricity.
I hope that you’re now familiar as to how a hot water heater works in Florida City. In case you’re planning on installing a new heating system for your home, read this article that features a water heater installation guide. And if you need professional plumbing help, don’t forget to call Douglas Orr Plumbing at 305-887-1687 or 954-522-8282!
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