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If your water heater is making popping, creaking, or rumbling noises, it's time to replace your water heater. We know that purchasing a water heater requires a lot of thought. We can help you select the best water heater for your needs.
Imagine living in the days of old, where the only way to take a hot bath was to boil water over a stovetop; and then doing everything you could to wash your body and rinse off before the temperature of the water caught up with the temperature of the outside air. Now, you may have experienced having to take such a bath during times of electrical failure, as I have. This is rather uncomfortable, especially if you are the type of person who enjoys the warm embrace of a hot shower first thing in the morning or last thing before bedtime.
Well, believe it or not, this was the norm that people of society had to deal with every day of their lives up until the very end of the 19th century. That’s right, hot water tanks are just a little over 115 years old, with the predecessor to today’s devices invented in 1889 by a Norwegian inventor named Edwin Ruud. Now, this was not the first water heater by any means, but it was the first type to see widespread public use. Other types that were invented in the 19th century included wetback stoves and storage-type heaters, which more closely resemble the types that most Americans have in their homes today, by which the water is stored in a tank and heated by an internal heating element that is operated by a solenoid and electrical current.
Now, the newest type of device is the tankless water heater, which is a type of system that instantaneously heats the water as it flows from the faucet and through the device. There are many advantages to this type of device, including space-saving and energy efficiency. There are also a few disadvantages, which will be described in detail below. The bottom line here is that, when it becomes time for you to replace or modernize your current system, there are quite a few options on the market, and only you can decide which will be the best for your heating needs.
Types of Water Heaters
Electric, Gas, or Solar
As mentioned above, when dealing with the power source of the water heater, you must make a choice between electric, gas, or solar. In the Southern United States, most people do not have a natural gas supply to their homes. As such, electric tanks are the most common heaters employed in that region of the world. There is usually not even an option for a gas tank. The opposite is true in the Northern U.S., where in-home gas lines are in every home. In this case, the consumer can choose between all three, with gas heaters having a few advantages, being
The decision to go with gas or electric in the Northern U.S. will generally be a decision made to coincide with the type of stove, oven, dishwasher, and clothes dryer that is already present in the home. Most consumers will decide to stay with the same type of device throughout.
Solar water heaters are becoming more and more popular as their price decreases. The main advantage to a solar system is the operating price, which is basically just the cost of the water, as the sun gets to act as a power source for operating the device. The other main advantage to solar is that the power produced is from a sustainable source, not requiring the depletion of resources as with gas and electricity, thereby decreasing the carbon footprint for the household.
Water Heater Leaking
the most important thing about stopping your water heating leaking is shutting off all the power to the tank. This means switching off the breaker if your heater runs on electricity, or turning off the gas at the valve which runs into the heater if it runs on gas.
The next step is to stop the water flow. There should be a small twistable knob on the side of your water heater, it should be pretty closer to the ‘cold inlet’. Turn it clockwise, take great care not to over tighten the knob though, otherwise this will make the problem worse. Sometimes you may have a lever instead of a knob, manipulate this to turn the water off. There should be instructions somewhere which tell you what to do.
If your knob or lever isn’t stemming the water flow, then you will need to take additional measures to stop the water heater leaker. This means going to your water meter, this should be located somewhere outside. Look inside and turn off your water. Do not attempt to do this if you are unsure about what you are supposed to be doing, it could end up cutting off somebody else’s water supply! Don’t forget that you will need a meter key to do this, you should have one of these already if you are sensible.
Finally you are going to need to drain the tank slowly. You can do this with a garden hose, you should easily be able to see where to attach it. You should notice a drain valve on the heater, so twist that. Do not let the water drain into your driveway or grass, instead you should let it drain into the sink. This is going to cause the least amount of damage to your environment.
What you need to remember here is that you have only stopped the water heating leaking for a small while. You will need to take additional measures, and these can’t be accomplished by yourself. Like I said at the start, you will need to get in touch with the local plumber. They will visit your house and find out the root cause as to why your water heater is leaking. Once they have done this they will be able to fix the situation. Please don’t attempt to do this yourself, fixing a water heater without experience could be quite life threatening.
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