Carney Plumbing Heating & Cooling Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Hot Water Heaters’

My Hot Water Just Isn’t … Hot Enough!

Monday, January 21st, 2019

water-and-tapThis is one of the most common problems people run into with their water heaters: turning on a faucet or tap and waiting, waiting, waiting for the water to warm up to the temperature you want. But the running water only gets lukewarm. What does this mean, and what can you do about it?

There are a few possible reasons your water heater isn’t living up to its expectations. Here are the main ones.

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Is It Time to Replace Your Water Heater?

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

Your water heater is definitely the kind of appliance that is “out of sight, out of mind.” Unlike a clothes dryer or washing machine, you don’t need to interact with your hot water heater to make it work. This also means that until it breaks down, you are unlikely to pay attention to the signs that your aging water heater may be ready for replacement. If you have had your water heater for more than 15 years, it’s good to be aware of the potential signs that the unit is ready to retire before you have an emergency on your hands.

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Do I Need to Size My Tank Hot Water Heater?

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Most appliances for your home need to be sized properly, whether for space, capacity or both. The same goes for your tank hot water heater. Improperly sizing a water heater for your home could leave you chilly in the shower if it’s too small or decreasing energy efficiency if it’s too big. One of the benefits of working with a trained expert, like the ones at Carney Plumbing Heating & Cooling, is that we can help you correctly calculate the sizing for your new hot water heater. We are available to help you with a new installation or a replacement water heater – just give us a call and schedule an appointment for your business or home in Telford today!

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How Do Storage Tank Water Heaters Work?

Monday, September 8th, 2014

As water flows from the water main to your home through a series of pipes, it’s usually much cooler than what you’d expect from a hot shower. The water heater, then, is an important asset to your home which is vital for many everyday activities around the home. And while there are a few different types of units available today, the storage tank water heater remains the most common type of unit used in homes. Yet many homeowners are unsure of how these systems heat water. Why is the tank so large? How does hot water enter the faucet? To answer these questions, we’ve put together this short guide to hot water heaters.

There are two types of systems that use different heating elements to heat the water: gas and electric. While these systems may look large and complex, they actually rely on a natural process of heat exchange in order to keep water heated. First, cold water enters the tank through a large pipe that leads all the way to the bottom. Here there may be a burner located underneath the tank, or an electric heating element may be located toward the bottom. Here’s where science takes over; hot water naturally rises above the cooler denser water. Another small pipe is located towards the top of the tank. This pipe picks up the heated water and carries it to the faucet. Water continues to re-enter the tank in order to keep a large supply of hot water on hand.

A few more key elements of hot water heaters help keep everything in working order. For example, a thermostat helps monitor the temperature while a pressure valve keeps the water pressure at a safe level. One problem you’ll want to avoid at all costs is rust, but the anode rod can prevent rust from damaging your system, increasing its lifespan. When rust damages the storage tank of your unit, you’ll likely need to replace your water heater. The anode rod attracts corrosive elements that may cause your unit to rust through, so it’s important to replace this rod when it becomes too worn down.

If you’re not sure whether you want a gas or electric water heater, or if you want to talk to an expert about hot water heaters in Lansdale, call the experts at Carney Plumbing Heating & Cooling today!

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