How Do Hot Water Heaters in Amherst Work?

Let’s talk about the technology of hot water heaters in Amherst. Understanding how the process works will help you cut through the jargon when making your purchase, especially with the water heaters on today’s market. The design of the modern water heater is leaps and bounds ahead of the products on the market just ten years ago, never mind the original concept. Still, while most homeowners know the importance of a water heater, they also don’t how exactly water heating works.

Roy’s Plumbing should be your go-to place if you’re looking to learn more about hot water heaters in Amherst. As we advance into the winter months, it’s more important than ever to understand the ins and outs of water heating so you’ll have a better sense of what to ask from a professional the next time you need repair, replacement, or installation.

How Hot Water Heaters in Amherst Work: 3 Easy Steps

You may think the water heating process is head-scratching. However, the process of getting hot water to your faucet, shower, or other hot water fixture can be broken down into three simple steps. Take note of the following.

  1. Bringing in the Cold Water – Your water heater is connected to your main water line via a “dip tube.” This element fills the storage tank by balancing pressure. All water heater dip tubes should feature an automatic shut-off valve – this way, if the pressure inside of the tank has failed (i.e. you’ve sprung a leak), the valve closes to avoid wasting water.
  2. Heating the Water – Here’s where tank-types and tankless do it differently. In a conventional tank-type water heater, the water is kept in a 40 to 60 gallon insulated cylinder at a constant temperature ranging between 120 and 180 degrees. Since heat rises, the water at the top of the tank is always the hottest. The water at the bottom is heated by a burner or element, which is controlled by the thermostat. However, tankless removes the storage phase entirely. Instead, the cold water is released heated in a series of copper appliance coils. It may take longer for the hot water to get to you, but you do save a great deal of energy by not heating water constantly during the day.
  3. Sending it to the Fixture – The “heat-out pipe,” located at the top of the tank, releases hot water when a faucet is opened, siphoning the water with high pressure. The hot water is pumped out against gravity until it reaches you. When working at its best, you’ll have hot water for showers, washing dishes, doing laundry, and more almost immediately.

Want to learn more about water heater technology? Just ask an expert plumber at Roy’s Plumbing! We’re your go-to service for all things involving hot water heaters in Amherst work!