March 27, 2017
Water heater replacement is an inevitability. There will come a day where your ever-reliable water heater simply won’t deliver the hot water you need and you’ll need to replace with a brand new model. But before you go right ahead and call up a plumbing contractor at Eagle Plumbing, it’s important to learn what makes your water heater work properly so when the time does arrive for water heater replacement, you’ll know exactly why it’s not working well anymore. Like many appliances in your home, you may not realize how much you rely upon your water heater until it stops working. Think about it: how would you be able to live in your home without hot water? You need it for a wide range of everyday uses like washing dishes, showering, and in depending on what you’re having for dinner, cooking. If a problem does arise with your water heater, and you have no idea what happened, you won’t only find yourself without any hot water. You find it difficult to live in your home at all.
Water heater problems can range from minor and easy to fix to costly repairs or maintenance. In some cases, you may encounter the risk of explosion. When you have no idea what is going on with your water heater, you cannot easily determine possible causes, meaning you won’t be able to fully communicate problems to a contractor. If you’re completely out of the loop, you may not even call for replacement altogether. Before you find yourself stuck without hot water, it’s time to study up on the various components that make your water heater work!
How Can Eagle Plumbing Help You?
When the time comes to call for high-quality water heater service, make Eagle Plumbing your first choice. Our team of plumbers is ready to help through every step of the water heater replacement process, including determining what model would be the best fit for your home and where you should install it. We want to provide you with the best value possible, especially when it comes to a necessity like hot water. We’ll make sure you have a new, efficient water heater in your home that will last for years and save you money on energy bills. Plus, thanks to our help, you will also have a better understanding on the inner workings of your water heater is when the next hot water problem arises, you will have a better sense of what went wrong and be able to diagnose the problem. With us, you’ll have knowledge on water heater replacement like a pro!
The Components You Should Know
Using a hot water heater seems like a simple task, but you should make the effort to get a better understanding of how everything works to provide the hot water you need. Here are some basic parts you should know:
- Hot Water Outlet: Your hot water heater tank heats your water, but it must have a way to deliver the hot water to other parts of your home. Your home’s plumbing attaches to your hot water heater’s outlet, drawing the heated water out of the tank.
- Cold Water Inlet: The cold water inlet provides a ready supply of cold water for your water heater to heat whenever the tank starts to deplete.
- Temperature/Pressure Relief Valve: As hot water leaves your water heater, there is a change of pressure and temperature. The temperature/pressure relief valve is designed to release pressure in case it reaches unstable levels and prevents the water heater from becoming unstable.
- Drain Clock: You should call your local plumber at Eagle Plumbing to drain your water heater and clean the collecting sediment there. The drain clock sits at the bottom of the tank and allows you to connect a hose to drain the tank.
- Dip Tubes: The dip tube sends cold water to the bottom of the tank for quick and efficient heating. It is located at the bottom to have the cold water delivered there at first.
- 220-Volt Power Supply (Electric): Electric water heaters rely on a power source to generate heat. The power supply is connected to your electrical system. Often, your power supply wires are hooked to the upper thermostat of the water heater.
- Vent (Gas-Fired): The production of heat through natural gas creates hazardous. Fortunately, the vent or flue draws the exhaust safety from the tank and out of your home.
- Thermostat (Electric): Many electric water heaters have two thermostats. The upper thermostat heats the water in the upper third of the tank, and then the lower thermostat heats the rest of the water.
- Magnesium Anode (Electric): The minerals in water can corrode the tank over time. However, the anode rod is designed to attract the minerals first, so that the rod will corrode before the tank does.
- Flue Baffle (Gas-Fired): Inside the flue or vent for a gas-fired water heater is a component called a “flue baffle” which promotes efficiency in the system by directing heat into the tank instead of the vent.
- Glass-Lined Tank (Gas-Fired): The hot water heater tank is lined with a protective material made of glass, stainless steel, and even cement. It is designed to minimize corrosion and leaking.
- Insulation (Gas-Fired): Heat transfer is the process by which heat leaves a specific area. Insulation in the water heater reduces heat loss. However, please be aware insulation can lose efficiency after several years of use.
- Control Valve (Gas-Fired): Your water heater is connected to your natural gas supply through a control valve. This valve directs fuel to various components of the water heater, allowing you to light the pilot and heat the water. It must always be turned off before you do any water heater maintenance.
- Gas Supply (Gas-Fired): Your hot water heater cannot run. The gas supply connects to the control valve and creates a ready supply of fuel for the water heater. For proper water heater function, the supply must always be connected.
- Gas Burner (Gas-Fired): Natural gas water heaters generate heat through burning. The natural gas is sent to the burner at the bottom of the tank, which produces heat for the water and exhaust that goes through the vent.
Contact Eagle Plumbing today if you want to learn more about our high-quality work on water heater replacement!