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Plumbing and Heating Supply Terminology
If you are planning on doing some handiwork on your plumbing or heating systems or even if you call a professional for HVAC services, there are some important terms and definitions that will help you to better understand the repair process.
Boiler - The boiler is a sealed tank where water is heated and steam is created for heat or power. A boiler is sometimes also called a furnace. The boiler is part of the heating system. The boiler can vary in size based on whether it is for residential or commercial purposes. Supply parts and replacement equipment for a boiler or furnace can easily be found at a retail home improvement store.
Coupling - Coupling is one of the fixtures that sits on top of the vent pipe to protect it from the weather. If not attached properly, it can create problems with your plumbing system.
Radiator - Older homes and commercial buildings are often heated with radiators, or radiant heating systems. The boiler will heat the water and it is then pumped from a central location through the metal, enclosed casing, where it emits heat. Radiator systems require plumbing parts and equipment, as they carry water.
Exchanger - An exchanger is a gas or electric powered part often made of copper that transfers heat through two fluids without bringing them into direct contact. This is done with the assistance of pipes. Look for the necessary supply parts you may need from a retail manufacturer.
Geothermal - If you are considering the choices you have for being more environmentally-friendly with your heating and cooling, consider geothermal systems which pull heat, and therefore also energy, from the earth itself.
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Retail plumbing and heating supplies are typically sold in various home improvement and hardware stores all over the nation, as well as through online distributors. This is a major industry since this type of equipment and supplies are commonly used in millions of commercial businesses and residential homes. This includes parts for hot water heaters, as well as kitchen sink hardware, boiler tanks, bathroom plumbing pipes, and even furnace heating units.
Often residential homeowners seek out plumbing and heating supplies in retail hardware shops. This equipment can often be installed by professionals or homeowners. Sometimes water filters, boiler tanks, central furnaces, or water pipes require maintenance or repairs. Fortunately retail home improvement shops provide most of the heating supplies, water valves, PVC pipes, and other products needed for these routine tasks. However, sometimes plumbing and heating equipment must be ordered online in order for you to receive the right system or part. For individuals who do not like to handle these repairs and maintenance tasks on their own, a licensed plumber of HVAC contractor can typically be contacted to handle all maintenance. The level of repairs required may depend on the heating system, boiler tank, or plumbing equipment being addressed.
If you need to learn more about retail plumbing and heater equipment and supplies, you should check out distributors and hardware shops in your town or city. This way you can see what parts and supplies they have available, and ask any questions you need to about these products they offer.