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Water Heaters: What Goes on Inside?

April 18, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 159

The magic of turning the tap and having a piping hot shower is taken for granted by almost all of us. We never think about what is going on and the complicated appliance necessary to ensure that clothes get clean and so do we. In fact water heaters are some of the most complicated machinery in our homes. We just don't know it because it all happens outside of our vision. What happens inside of these units is in fact a lot more complicated than it seems.

The first thing to be aware of is that when looking at water heaters you are simply seeing the exterior cosmetic covering which also contains several layers of insulation. Inside of this casing is a large cylinder, usually constructed of glass or porcelain. This is where the water is held and kept warm. Within this is also a rod of a soft metal. This soft metal serves as an attractor to contaminants and corrosion. Rather than allowing the interior to deteriorated this piece absorbs and takes all of the punishment but must be periodically replaced.

Into this tank water heaters have a fill tube that feeds down into the bottom. Here fresh fluids come in and the already heated goes to the top. Then out of the top of the unit leaves another pipe that feeds into the plumbing and services showers, kitchens, and laundry rooms. This heating is accomplished by an energy source such as natural gas or electricity. Water heaters that are electric use an element while those that utilize gas have a burner. A burner uses far less energy and much more efficiently does the job, but if the home is not set up for this type of energy it is not an option. It is however worth contacting the local power company and finding out if it is possible to have natural gas service installed.

If upon using water heaters it seems that they are too hot or too cold, it is possible to adjust the thermostat to set them up to be a different temperature. Some families with young children choose to turn it down to prevent them from being burned when they use the faucet while other prefer to have it set very hot for cleaning purposes. It is a relatively easy process to adjust the temperature and it can be done as often as one wants. The thermostat will also ensure that the fluids that have been held in the tank stay at a consistent temperature and that the burner or heating element kick back on in situations where it has begun to cool.

Are you wondering what goes on inside cleveland water heaters? For information on this important appliance, please see the following: http://www.benfranklinplumbingcleveland.com.

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