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Water heaters require maintenance and repair in order to operate smoothly and correctly. The average lifespan of a water heating appliance is about 9 to 12 years. You could possibly keep your water-heating appliance longer if you were to hire a plumber for preventive water heating maintenance. Unfortunately, all things must come to an end and when they do, you can simply have it replaced. Before you go replacing your water heart with a newer version of the old one, consider upgrading your old, conventional water heating system, to more convenient and efficient tankless water heaters. To learn more about water heater system maintenance and tankless water heater installation, contact your local, professional plumber provider for more information. If you live in or around the area, contact Peach Plumbing and Drain for all of your plumbing and water heater service needs.
How Do Water Heaters Work?
Water heaters all work the same, fundamentally. There are some differences among the many different water heaters available, however, for the most part, the water heaters all have the same parts and functions. The original water heater, known as the storage tank or conventional water heater, is the blueprint design for all of the water heaters we have available today. Tankless water heaters are one of the most modern designs of the original water heating appliance.
The Conventional Water Heater
The conventional water heater is a water heating appliance that is usually installed in the basements or garage of a household. This water heater takes fresh water in, heats it, then disperses it throughout the house when it is summoned to a faucet. Conventional water heaters may be powered, by gas, electricity, or even solar energy. The most important components of a conventional water heater appliance include the, (gas or electric) burner, storage tank, cold water supply system, hot water discharge pipe, thermostat, pressure release valve, and tank drain valve. All of these storage-tank water heater components allow the conventional water heater you have in your home to provide hot water and maintain good condition.
One of the most important components of your conventional water heating appliance is the storage tank. The storage tank is one of the most essential components of this type of water heater. In order to heat water that you can enjoy almost instantly your water heater needs to heat and store that water somewhere. Coldwater is brought into your water heating appliance, via the cold-water supply pipe. The water is then heated inside of your water heater’s storage tank. Once the water is brought up to a temperature that you have set on its thermostat, it will maintain said temperature until it is summoned through a turn of a faucet knob.
Storage tank water heaters can usually heat and store up to 40 gallons of water at a time. These storage tanks must be flushed and maintained periodically to ensure efficient operation and use. If you live in or around the Atlanta, GA, area, contact Peach Plumbing and Drain for all of your water heater repair and installation needs.
Tankless Water Heaters
The tankless water heater is also known as the on-demand water heater. This water heater is also referred to as the on-demand water heater. It has the ability to provide heated water without having to store it first. The hot water provided from tankless water heaters is basically on-demand. As the hot water turns on the water is heated right there and then. The hot water provided by tankless water heaters is virtually nearly never-ending.
You may wonder how this is possible. Tankless water heaters do not need to use tanks to heat and store the hot water for use. These water heaters use coils to temporarily hold water, heat it, and then send it out. The coils hold the water temporarily, while it is flash heated. The water is quickly funneled through and goes through this process over and over again until the hot water is no longer being summoned.
On-demand water heaters and storage tank water heaters both have their advantages and disadvantages. Making an informed and thoughtful decision when it comes to your home’s water heating appliance could affect the way you live and use hot water for years and decades to come. To make the best decision on what to use for your home’s water heating device, consult with a professional plumber in your area to get personalized and expert advice on your home and needs.
Tankless Water Heaters vs Storage Tank/Conventional Water Heater
Both the tankless water heater and conventional water heater have their pros and cons. The one you choose to install all depends on your lifestyle and your needs. Smaller households with few people living in it may do well with a plain conventional water heater system. A storage-tank water heater is able to hold 40 gallons of water. This means once that water runs out, you will have to wait some time for the water to fill up, reheat, and be dispersed. Some homes have storage tank water heaters with smaller storage tanks. The smaller the tank, the less hot water you can use in one sitting. This would make, showering, running the dishwasher or washing machine difficult to do in a succession of each other.
Tankless water heaters do not need to store water. You can take a shower, wash the dishes, and wash clothes one after the other without a problem. This is because the water is heated on demand. If you have multiple people in the home, this is perfect. You and the residents of your property can shower one after the other without worrying about running out of hot water. Tankless water heaters can only handle so much at one time, however. Running multiple hot water appliances at one time can overload the tankless water heater. This would make it hard for your tankless water heater to keep up with the demand for hot water. If you are interested in getting an on-demand water heater, keep in mind, it can’t do too much at one time. If you plan on using multiple appliances and faucets with hot water at once, maybe you should think about installing multiple tankless water heaters.
If you live in or around the Atlanta, GA, area, contact Peach Plumbing & Drain for information, installation, and maintenance of your plumbing and water heating appliances.