Keeping your home neat and tidy can be a full time job, especially if you have children and parts of this job can require lots of heated water. Some examples include washing dishes, clothing and even yourself. To produce this hot water you have several options such as inline water heaters or tank based water heaters. The primary difference is the inline heaters supply hot water on demand without storing it in a tank while the familiar tank based heaters keep water heated to meet demand. The tank based Water Heater Oregon OH comes in two types, one that uses electrical resistance and one that burns either natural gas or propane to heat the water.
Electric models can have one or two heating elements depending on the capacity and these are often the reason the electric water heater fails. The element usually breaks after it begins to corrode. The break will usually be in the middle and will cause the element to stop heating. Another possible failure with the water heater is a shorted element. In this case the element hasn’t broken completely but is shorting the system so there is a constant current. When this happens the water will heat continuously until the reset switch on the thermostat trips. Repairing elements is a fairly easy job for a person with some mechanical skill.
Gas burning water heaters work by applying heat to the tank itself. This typically happens at the bottom of the tank. One of the most common failures with these units is a buildup of calcium or other hard water deposits on the bottom of the tank which interfere with proper heating. Over time these deposits will increase the corrosion of the tank and combined with the constant heating can cause the tank to leak.
Other problems with gas based water heaters include the fuel metering controls, pilot light and thermostat. If any of these systems fail you may need an experienced plumber to make repairs. If the tank is leaking then it is time to make a replacement. The typical household water heater holds about forty gallons, but they come in different heights and widths. This is important when you buy the replacement because some water heaters have custom cabinets to hold them. If you are in need of a Water Heater Oregon OH or require repairs on your current appliance be sure to contact Atlas Heating Co.
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