Get to Know the Vital Parts of Your Water Heater

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Water heaters are an essential part of modern households. While homeowners are familiar with the basic functions of this appliance, it’s essential to understand its key components to ensure optimal efficiency and know when to seek expert water heater repair in Temecula, CA, from A.M. Plumbing & Rooter.

1. Thermostat

The thermostat regulates the water temperature inside the tank. It is usually located near the bottom of the tank and can be adjusted to your desired temperature setting. If your water is too hot or takes a long time to reheat, there could be a problem with the thermostat, prompting water heater services.

2. Tank

The tank holds the water that is heated. A hot water heater comes in different tank sizes, ranging from 20 to 120 gallons. The size you need depends on the number of people in your household and your hot water usage.

3. Anode Rod

The anode rod is a sacrificial rod made of magnesium or aluminum placed inside the tank. It attracts corrosive elements in the water and prevents them from attacking the tank walls. You need to replace the anode rod every few years so the water heater installation lasts longer.

4. Dip Tube

The dip tube directs cold water to the bottom of the tank, where it is heated by the burner. It prevents cold water from mixing with hot water at the top of the tank.

5. Heating Elements

The heating elements are responsible for warming up the water in the tank. Electric water heaters have one or two heating elements located at the top and bottom of the tank. On the other hand, gas water heaters use a burner. Both heating elements can be controlled by a thermostat, which maintains the water temperature at a set level.

If you have questions or concerns about your traditional or tankless water heater, A.M. Plumbing & Rooter is more than happy to assist you. We work on all makes and models. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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