Back to Class for Essential Water Heater Information
Since August is normally the time for prepping for getting kids ready for back to school, it’s a good reminder that adults should always be learning, too. It is important to know at least a little about the appliances in the house, especially the ones that are easy to take for granted. The water heater is a perfect example of this, so here is a general guide to the essentials of water heaters.
Defining Water Heaters by Type
One of the first things a homeowner needs to know about their water heater is what type it is. There are several types of water heaters, not just brands and sizes, but those with different fuel types and functionalities. The major types include the following:
- Storage Tank Water Heaters: These traditional water heaters have a tank full of 40 or 50 gallons of water. This type of heater maintains the temperature of the water in the tank within given parameters and uses electricity, gas, or even solar power to heat the water.
- Electric Water Heaters: These heaters use an electric coil to maintain water temperature. Gas Water Heaters: This type of heater uses a gas flame to maintain temperature. Fuel type will depend on the type of water heater but can include kerosene, propane, or natural gas.
- Heat Pump Water Heaters: Heat pumps are very efficient systems for heating and cooling a home and can be used for heating water. They do not have a heat source but pull heat from the outside environment to raise the water’s temperature.
- Tankless Water Heaters: Also known as on-demand water heaters, tankless water heaters heat water to temperature nearly instantaneously and only as needed. They eliminate the need for a large storage tank (making them perfect for small spaces) and do not waste energy maintaining water temperatures when water is not being used.
- Lesser Known Types: Some other types include solar and energy-efficient water heaters.
Water Heater Maintenance
Like any other appliance, the water heater needs regular maintenance to function properly and avoid constant repairs. Maintenance should be performed regularly by a professional and may include some of the following tasks:
- Drain water heater
- Flush water heater
- Descale water heater
- Replace anode rod
- Tighten pipe connections
- Tighten electrical connections
- Clean burner/heating element
- Checking or replacing the pressure release valve (PRV)
How to Know if a Water Heater Needs Repairs
Despite regular maintenance, no machine can last forever. Eventually, a home will need water heater repair or water heater replacement. If the water heater is making strange noises or is not heating the water properly, these are signs that the appliance may need some attention. Rusty-colored water and foul smells in the dishwasher or washing machine may also indicate a problem. If a homeowner sees any of these problems, they should call a plumbing professional and get an assessment.
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