Christensen Plumbing is the expert on Water Heaters in Hurricane Utah.
Most of us have lived our whole lives being able to turn on a faucet and hot water magically appears – but we’ve never thought about how this happens.
So, How does a water heater work?
There are a couple different types of water heaters, with or without a tank. Most people have tank type water heaters (gas or electric), but tankless heaters can be great for smaller homes and families.
With a tank type water heater, it pulls cold water into the tank and warms it up continuously. The tank stores extra warm water, which will help if you have multiple people taking a shower or you are running different appliances at the same time.
Step 1 – In a gas tank, there is a burner and ignition chamber within the heater, which will create heat. This chamber is separated from the actual water in the tank, and there is a special tube that pulls the combustion fumes out and away from your water (and your breathing air!)
Electric tanks don’t use heat from a flame, they use heating elements similar to the burner on an electric stove. There is usually one placed at the top and one at the bottom of the tank to warm all of the water throughout.
Step 2 – Cold water is pumped into the water heater. Normally, there will be a pipe that shoots the cold water towards the bottom of the tank which is closest to the heating element. This helps circulate the water inside the tank and ensures that the cold water is heated faster.
Step 3 – There are also a few safety features on your water heater. One of the most important is the temperature/pressure release valve. This makes sure that there isn’t too much heat or pressure inside the tank – which protects us from an exploding tank!
We are also experienced with tankless water heaters here in Hurricane and St. George Utah.
Think of a tankless water heater as hot water on demand. Since there is no tank, you can only use as much hot water as it will produce in the moment. If you have lots of kids, take long showers, or run dishwashers and washing machines at the same time, a tankless water heater might not provide enough.
The tankless heater uses a heating element with tubing wrapped around like a coil. Cold water is pushed through the coil, and the proximity to the heating element will warm it up! Hot water will immediately leave the heater and exit through your faucet, shower, or appliance.
If you need maintenance on an existing water heater, or you need a new water heater in Hurricane, Utah, be sure to give us a call! We’re here to give you the best service from our highly experienced plumbers, and at the best price as well!