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Broken water heaters
can be a crippling component in any indoor plumbing system. With your water heater, problems arise when there is no hot water or not enough hot water; sometimes the water is too hot!
How does a propane water heater work?
The water heater is essentially a large
tank (they vary in size) that intakes water and then heats it. It does this in a number of ways depending on what kind of heater you have. In this case, a propane water heater heats the water through the heat generated by a burner placed in a compartment under the tank. A thermostat on the outside of the unit controls this.
From there, the heater uses the principle that heat rises in order to get the hot water to come out instead of the cold. In the event of an emergency, the water heater has a series of valves that allow the pressure to be released or to drain the water in order to replace the elements.
What are some other types of home water heaters?
Why has my propane water heater stopped working?
- Natural gas water heaters are generally the more efficient systems available. If you currently have an electric water heater and natural gas is available in your area, a switch to natural gas might save you a lot of money. Before you rule out an electric model entirely, check with your utility company. It may offer special off-peak rates or options for purchasing renewable power that may make electricity a more cost-effective option for you.
- Electric water heaters use large coils similar to the ones in an electric oven that hang down into the tank to heat the water. Generally, electric water heaters aren't as efficient as those powered by other fuel sources, and electricity is more expensive than natural gas or propane. However, they're less expensive up front and don't require venting. If your water demand is small, then an electric water heater may be a good investment.
- Tankless water heaters, which use high-powered burners to quickly heat water as it runs through a heat exchanger, were 22 percent more energy efficient on average than the average gas-fired storage-tank models. However, initial costs are high and water temperature may be inconsistent, depending on your home’s electricity or gas supply.
When a propane water heater stops working, it may be the burner is not functioning properly. When water heaters get especially old, it is safe practice to replace them, even if there are not any visible problems.
Why does my water temperature change when a toilet is flushed?
Typically, because your home’s water pressure
is low. As a result of this, when a toilet
is flushed while a shower
is running, cold water is diverted from the shower to fill the toilet, and subsequently the remaining water in the shower line’s mixer is hot in temperature. Some ways to remedy this are to compensate with a pressure balancing valve or a thermostatic valve, both of which can be bought from Moen, Kohler, and Delta.
Rainforest Plumbing & Air technicians are trained to repair water heaters and have access to the best units on the market should you decide to replace yours. Give us a call today at (602) 253-9376 to schedule an appointment.
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