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Important Water Heaters Service Terms
Water heaters and parts are for sale at many retail locations. Before completing the sale, though, you should be familiar with some terms associated with water heaters. Also, ensure you have a plumbing specialist, or other licensed professional, available to install or fix your water heater.
High Temperature Cut Off – This is a safety feature of many water heaters. If the temperature of the heating or adjacent plumbing system goes too high, each part is completely turned off. Manual reactivation is required following a high temperature cut off.
Input – Input refers to the amount of electricity or gas a water heater uses, on average, in one hour. While a lower input can save you money on your electric or gas bill, it also means the unit will heat water more slowly.
Jacket – A water heater’s exterior.
Point Of Use Electric Water Heaters – These small units are often installed in closets or underneath sinks. These systems can only handle smaller quantities of hot water. They are ideal for utility sinks or residential bathrooms that lack bathtubs or showers.
Pilot Flame – A pilot flame is a constant fire in a gas water heater. When heat is needed, the pilot flame ignites the gas around the burner, which heats the water inside. The auto pilot is a safety feature that will automatically cease gas flow to the pilot if the flame goes out.
Tankless – Tankless units do not have a large storage area for water. Water is heated as needed. This means that gas or electricity is not being consumed when hot water is not being used.
Vents – Vents are an essential part of every water heater. They safely deposit harmful gases outside the building.
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Electric and gas water heaters need professional installation, repair and maintenance services. If you handle the plumbing and installation without being HVAC certified, your homeowner's insurance company may deny coverage. If a leak ruins your walls or flooring, the cleaning expense is enormous, especially if you must pull out sheet-rock and insulation. If your insurance company denies coverage, you'll foot the repair bill alone. By having a professional technician hook up the components, if something goes wrong, they're responsible. Most systems offer warranty coverage that covers maintenance and repairs for a specified amount of time.
Replace older systems with sale items. Newer systems provide lower operating costs. They use less fuel and power, inevitably saving you money. Tankless systems produce hot water only when you need it. Other systems use a burner or boiler and store it in the storage tank. A pump forces it through the pipes to your bathroom, laundry area or kitchen. If your unit simply needs repairs, find replacement parts online or in HVAC supply stores. Burners last a certain amount of time before they need replacing. The control valve, vent pipes and shut-off valve also needs replacement if they develop a leak.
Commercial and residential systems provide hot liquid to your sinks and showers. They require different fuel sources. Some run on electricity or solar, others need propane, kerosene or natural gas. Vent all systems to the outside to reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. An experienced HVAC technician knows how to make sure your system runs efficiently and safely. Find them on sale at plumbing and heating retailers near you.