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It is in your best interest to understand how your water heater works, so that you are able to properly maintenance it, and get the most out of your homes hot water system. If your water heater should stop working, as it eventually will, knowing the basics can potentially save you a lot of time and money. Even though there are various types of water heaters, the two most common are standard water heaters, and tankless water heaters. Both types, tankless, and standard water heaters can either be gas (natural or liquid propane), or electric. The majority of homes use a standard water heater, however, tankless water heaters are becoming more common in new developments.
Standard water heaters are easy to spot, as they are large cylindrical hot water storage tanks with pipes coming out of the top and a drain cock towards the bottom. Standard water heaters not only heat water, but also store the water until it is ready to be used. They are usually made of steel and are insulated to keep the water hot loner between heating cycles.
Tankless water heaters are a great product to have in your home in place of a standard water heater.
The tankless feature is more energy efficiant than a standard water heater as they do not not constantly heat a tank of water, rather, these units are on demand. This means if you are not using hot water the system shuts off. When you turn on your hot water a flow sensor inside the tankless water heater signals to the unit that water is moving and turns on the burner. once the system is engaged you will receive an unlimited supply of hot water. you and youre entire family can take showers or baths back to back and never run out of hot water.
The size of your home and how many fixtures you intend to use on the system will determine the size and style of the tankless unit you will want in your home.
Just as with the standard water heaters, tankless units come in three heat source types; natural gas, liquid propane and electric. Although all three types require some form of electricity to control the system they are still more efficient than a standard water heater.
There are several ways you can keep up with your water heater without having to get your hands dirty. While maintenance on water heaters is fairly simple, we recommend you have a professional handle it to make sure everything is functioning properly.
One of the most important ways of maintaining your water heater tank is to flush the tank. As your water heater pulls water in, it's common that traces of sediment will deposit to the bottom of your tank, your water heater then begins to heat water through layers of dirt, and calcium, eventually causing longer wait time for your water to heat and can in extreme cases cause leaks.
Manufactures recommend a water heater flush at least once a year, and twice a year for larger and tankless units.
In addition to a water heater flush, a thorough water heater inspection of your tank is essential. The following are essential components and it is recommended to inspect each item when getting a water heater inspection: