Aside from poor performance and high energy costs, many potential dangers can result from improper water heater installation. That’s why choosing the right contractors can make all the difference. If your water heater is broken or in need of maintenance, our licensed expert technicians can often schedule an appointment and have the problem fixed the very same day.
When having your water heater repaired or replaced by T Smith Plumbing Contractors , you can expect:
Call the professionals at T Smith Plumbing Contractors to schedule a heating system inspection now, before everyone else does. We provide free phone consultations and on-site quotes to provide you with the best options suited to your needs and budget.
The majority of conventional storage water heaters are gas-fueled, but electric water heaters give you another power option for your water heating system.
Like gas models, most electric water heaters have a reservoir from 20 to 80 gallons. Turn on the hot water tap, and hot water is released from the top of the tank. Cold water enters the bottom of the tank, so the tank is always full.
Electric water heaters usually feature two electric elements, each with its own thermostat. The element at the bottom of the tank maintains a minimum thermostat setting. The upper demand element provides hot water recovery.
Conventional storage water heaters have become more efficient over the years, but they are still less efficient than a tankless water heater because water is constantly being heated in the tank. Standby heat loss occurs and energy is wasted even when a hot water tap isn’t running.
Some storage water heater models with heavily insulated tanks significantly reduce standby heat loss. These particular models have a thermal resistance (R-Value) of R-12 to R-25.
The water coming into your home makes a journey through a system of pipes, and it’s usually cold or cool, depending on the time of year. To have water warm enough to take a hot shower or bath, or use your dishwasher or washing machine, you need a water heater.
Water heaters are familiar fixtures in most homes. They typically look like big metal cylinders, tall drums that are often consigned to a laundry room or basement. Newer styles have some interesting features, like losing the tank completely in favor of water-on-demand, but the old, reliable water heater design that’s most widely used in the U.S. today is really a pretty simple appliance; it’s basically a drum filled with water and equipped with a heating mechanism on the bottom or inside. Even though they lack drama and complexity, water heaters are still pretty amazing. What makes them interesting is that they exploit the heat rising principle to deliver hot water right to your faucet with a minimum of fuss. Don’t let the simple shape shrouded in its wooly insulating blanket fool you. Water heaters have an ingenious design on the inside for something that looks so ordinary on the outside.
In the next pages, we’ll get into a little hot water and take a closer look at what’s really going on in that big steel can of a water heater in your basement.