Tank waters heaters use two main fuel types to heat water: natural gas (or propane) and electricity.
Each can effectively heat the water, but because of the nature of the fuel types, each does so differently. Today we’re going to take a look at how electric water heaters generate the warm water needed for your home. This information is good for homeowners to have, but doesn’t supersede the need to call for an expert when your water heater in Burbank needs repair.
The experts at AZ Air Conditioning and Heating have been helping customers with water heater repair since 1984, so if you are having problems with your water heater, call us today.
Water In, Water Out
Electric water heaters use electricity to heat your water, but there is a process to it. First, the inside of the tank is divided into two areas known as the upper element and lower element. Those zones are not physically divided, but they are each designated by the presence of a thermostat, one being the upper thermostat and one being the lower thermostat.
When you open a hot water tap anywhere in your home, the hottest water, which resides at the top of the tank, flows from the hot water outlet and into your piping. At the same time, the cold water inlet valve opens and adds more water to the tank via the dip tube.
The dip tube is a long, narrow plastic tube that directs all the incoming cold water to the bottom of tank, where it will stay until it is heated and rises. During the standby times, which is when hot water isn’t flowing, the upper thermostat turns on and heats the water in the upper part of the tank until it reaches the pre-set temperature that has been set.
The lower element is programmed to turn on hourly to heat the cold water at the bottom to a specific temperature, but won’t turn on at the same time as the upper thermostat or when the hot water is flowing.
Hot water is a necessity for your home, so if you are experiencing any problems with your water heater, call AZ Air Conditioning and Heating today and schedule an appointment for water heater repair in your Burbank home.