Water Heaters are familiar fixtures in most homes. They are typically big metal cylinders with tall drums that are either in the laundry room, and basements. The water coming into your home or building goes through a series of pipes, and depending on the time of years, it’s usually cold or cool. In order to have warm water to take a hot enough shower or bath, or use the washing machine or dishwasher – a water heater is essential.
There are nine main components within a water heater, those being the tank, dip tube, shut off valve, heat out pipe, thermostat, heating mechanism, drain valve, pressure relief value, and the sacrificial anode rod. Each of them serve a different function, as listed below:
- The tank is the inner shell of the water heater tank, and holds about forty to sixty gallons of hot water.
- Dip tube is where the water enters the water heater through the tube at the top of the tank.
- Shut off valve stops the water flow into the water heater.
- Heat out pipe, allows the hot water to exit the water heater.
- Thermostat, also the temperature control device.
- Heating mechanism are different in electric water heaters and gas water heaters. In electric heaters, there are heating elements inside the tank to heat the water. In gas heaters, a burner and chimney system is used instead.
- Drain valve makes it easier to empty the tank to replace the elements, remove any sediment or relocation of the tank.
- Pressure relief valve, ensures that the pressure inside the water heater remains within safe limits.
- Sacrificial anode rod, made of magnesium or aluminum, is suspended into the water heather tank to help retard corrosion.
Though water heaters look simple on the outside, they are quite complex pieces of equipment that generally are best operated by licensed technicians. Thomas James, owner and operator of Plumb Perfect Plumbing, knows that having hot water is essential to daily living. They offer regular maintenance, as well as repair and replacement to your current water heaters. They are there for you, no matter if it is the night, weekend or an emergency.
If you don’t have the right water heater for your needs, it could cause a number of problems in the long run. If the water heaters capacity becomes lower than your daily consumption, it could mean that an upgrade is necessary for you to continue having enough hot water. Or if the water has become discolored or has an odor, it’s most likely because there has become a reaction between the hot water heater’s anode rod and water that has a high concentration of sulfates.
Whatever the problem is, a certified technician is able to solve the problem with ease through their advanced tools and techniques. They are able to solve the problem with minimal effort from you. They can offer regular maintenance checks so that you don’t have to worry about your hot water heater crashing down on you.