How Conventional Water Heaters Operate
A conventional water heater generally holds 20 to 80 gallons of hot water. It is operated by releasing hot water from the top of the tank when the hot water tap is turned on. Cold water needs to enter the bottom of the tank in order to replace the hot water and keep the tank full.
Water heater fuel sources include:
- Natural gas
- Fuel oil
Both gas and propane water heaters function the exact same way. Located under the tank is a gas burner with a thermostat; this opens the gas valve when the water temperature drops. The valve closes when the water temperature rises.
When it comes to electric water heaters, some electric features include their own thermostats which monitor temperature. At the bottom of the tank are two electric elements that are paired with a standby element. This certifies that the thermostat is maintained throughout use.
There are signs that your water heater will give you that indicate a possible replacement. If your water heater displays one of these signs, you should call us immediately before the issue gets worse.
If you are in need of a conventional water heater installation or repair with Winters Home Services, give us a call or fill out our contact form. Take a look at our tankless water heaters page to see which water heater is right for you.