Hot water heaters are one of those appliances that most property owners require, and there are several types available depending on specific needs. For instance, a small business or apartment may only need small amounts of hot water and be able to function with an inline or flash water heater. For homes and businesses that have higher demands, there are appliances that use tanks for storing heated water. These appliances can be either electric or Gas Hot Water Heaters. The first creates hot water by creating electrical resistance. This is done by using one or more heating elements placed inside the water storage tank.The other method of heating stored water works by warming the exterior of a metal tank. This is typically done at the base of the tank and the flame can burn either natural gas or propane. The actual type of fuel will affect the equipment due to the density of the gas. This will need to be checked whenever installing Gas Hot Water Heaters.
Gas burning units should be set by default to use natural gas and come with the instructions and components required for adapting them to use liquid propane. Note that this change should be handled by a qualified installer to avoid damage to the appliance or the possibility of a gas fire or explosion.Water heaters tend to have a service life of twelve to fifteen years, although this can vary for a variety of reasons. For instance, hard water deposits can shorten the life of the unit by damaging the liner or the heating systems can wear out. Some particular faults that gas burning appliances have are failing pilot lights for those with a continuous pilot, a faulty electronic ignition, or a fuel regulator failure.
Another concern with gas systems is the need for proper ventilation. The combustion of fuels requires fresh air as well as a way to vent exhaust gasses. A clogged flue could restrict the system just enough that the flame cannot heat the water to the desired temperature. The first step is to check the quality of the exhaust. Old and dirty flues can become a problem due to the metal becoming corroded over time. Get more information about hot water heater repair and installation from the experts at South Side Plumbing Heating. You can also follow them on Twitter for more information.