How Water Heaters Work

Like most modern conveniences, you only miss hot water when it is gone. Most people take for granted their hot water, however after a steamy shower suddenly turns into an ice bath, they remember the importance of this little luxury.

While you might be lucky enough to not have to deal with your water heater too often, knowing some basic information about your water heather can help when trying to figure out what needs to be fixed.

Understand Your Water Heater

When referring to a water tank, most people probably think of “that big cylinder thing-y in my basement”. This is the tank-type system found in most homes. There are two main kinds of tank-type water heaters that most homes have: electric and fuel-fired. Both work relatively similarly, however fuel-fired  commonly runs on natural or propane gas, while electric uses your homes electricity.

It is also important to note that there are two jobs your water tanks takes on. Not only does it heat the water, but store the water until it is ready to be used. The water heater then keeps the water warm that it has already heated.

Ideally, your water temperature should be set between 120 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit.  This is to make sure the water is hot enough for our daily uses without being so hot that it becomes a scalding risk.

Heating the Water

The water enters the tank by the dip tube. The tube feeds cold water in from the houses water line into the bottom of the tank. This is where things start to get hot. A heating mechanism warms the water to the set temperature. The water rises to the top of the tank as it heats up, and eventually exits thought the heat-out pipe, located near the top of the tank. By relying on some basic chemistry, the water tank is able to separate the hot from the cold, allowing us to enjoy those nice long showers we all love.

Make sure to call Climate Design if you are having issues with your water heater, and go with the team you can trust!

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