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How Does A Hot Water Heater Work?

A big part of a warm and comfortable household is having a hot water heater. It’s a familiar fixture in your home that provides you with water warm enough to take a hot shower, use your dishwasher or your washing machine.

Imagine how inconvenient it would be if your hot water heater isn’t working properly. I’m sure you don’t enjoy cold showers or washing your dishes with scalding hot water. Even if you’re not a plumber, a general knowledge about hot water heaters can really help you whether you’re purchasing a new one for your home or diagnosing a problem. It eliminates ambiguity and finding the right solution becomes much easier.

Just to clarify things, a hot water heater is basically big metal cylinder typically located in your laundry room or basement. The heating equipment, either inside or on the bottom, is what raises the water’s temperature once the tank has been filled. More recently, newer hot water heaters don’t have tanks anymore but can still provide the hot water you need on demand.

To help you make the best decision on what’s right for your family and personal needs, you have to ask yourself and be curious, “how does a hot water heater work”? There are three types available: gas water heater, electric water heater and the oil heater.

How does a hot water heating system work?

The tank version will have a cylinder filled with water connected directly to the water supply in your home. Similar to the kettle in your kitchen, the electric hot water heater needs to be filled manually.

Cold water travels through a system of pipes, then gets heated by a few electrical elements until it reaches the right temperature. The warmer the water gets, the more it rises to the top of the tank and exits through a different set of pipes. Once the water in the cylinder is hot enough, it is now ready to use whether you’re taking a shower in the bathroom or washing dishes in the kitchen.

Also, be aware that using the water too much can lead to cold water coming out all of a sudden. Don’t just panic yet. Just give the heater a bit more time to heat up more water for your consumption.

Regardless of your budget, preference and personal needs, you now have a good understanding of how hot water heaters operate. Choosing the proper hot water heater will not only give your home a lot of ease and comfort, it will also help you save money in the long run.

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