How Do Traditional Water Heaters Work?

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While you may not think much about your traditional water heater as long as it meets your hot water needs, it pays to have a basic understanding of how it works. Doing so will help you catch early signs of problems, allowing you to call for water heater repair in Corona, CA before it’s too late. A.M. Plumbing & Rooter shares a quick overview below.

How Conventional Water Heaters Function

When you turn on your hot water tap, cold water travels through the main shut-off valve, passes the dip tube, and enters the hot water heater tank. Then, the heating elements at the bottom of the tank warm up the water based on your thermostat settings. As more cold water enters and refills the tank, the hot water rises through the heat-out pipe and gets out of the hot water tap.

Unlike a tankless water heater, tank-type units have a fixed amount of gallons of water that they warm up, store, and supply throughout your home.

Whether you have a gas or electric-powered water heater installation, they follow the same principle. Gas models have a single pipe that runs through the center, while electric models have two heating mechanisms.

Make the Most of Your Traditional Water Heater

A tank-type water heater replacement can last between 10 to 15 years with routine maintenance. To maximize its lifespan, flush your tank annually to remove the sediment buildup, or twice a year if you have hard water in your home. Furthermore, it’s best to set the temperatures to 120 degrees Fahrenheit or below to keep your water heater efficient and save on energy bills. If you have an older water heater, be sure the tank and pipes are well-insulated to reduce heat loss and wear and tear.

Looking for top-notch water heater services? Your search ends with A.M. Plumbing & Rooter. Contact our team today to book an appointment.

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