Ever Wonder How Hot Water Systems Work?
Most people don’t give much thought to their hot water systems. It’s not until they stop working that people realise that there’s more to cooking, cleaning and bathing than simply turning on the faucet. Here at Galaxy Hot Water, we are committed to meeting your hot water needs and one way we do that is through educating you about your system. So if you’re wondering how yours works, keep reading to find out.
Parts of the System
To fully understand how your hot water system works, you’ve got to become familiar with the parts involved. The tank is where the water is stored and heated. Most hold between 40 to 60 gallons at one time. The dip tube is where the water travels into the tank to be heated. There’s also a heating mechanism that does the work, a thermostat that ensures the water is the right temperature, a shut off valve for emergencies, a drain valve and a pressure relief valve. Have a look at the manufacturer information that came with your hot water heater for a more in depth look at the parts and what they each do.
How Water is Heated
The thermostat on your hot water heater controls the temperature of the water inside. You can adjust it to suit your needs, but if you set it too high, you could be burned and if you set it too low, you might not get water that’s as hot as you need it to be. The dip tube feeds cold water into the tank and the heating mechanism turns on and begins to heat the water. As the water gets hot, it moves to the top of the tank and when you turn on your faucet, it comes out already hot and ready to go.
When There’s a Problem
Your hot water heater is also equipped to detect problems and emergencies. When these occur, your shut off valve and pressure relief valve will help prevent accidents and injuries. However, nothing is fail safe, so be sure you have your hot water system inspected regularly and repaired as needed. Not only does this protect your family, but it can also save money, prevent costly damage to your home and ensure that you always have hot water when you need it.
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