3 Things You Need To Know About A Water Heater
Pressure And Temperature Valve- Some codes mandate that water heaters have a valve that will release pressure from the water heater if the temperature exceeds 210°F.
If the water gets hotter than the 210°F, then you’ll see scalding hot water spewing out of the valve to release the pressure.
Although the valve can release at any time if the pressure or temperature gets to be too much, it’s imperative that no one goes near the valve when it goes off because the water can injure someone severely.
These valves are necessary to let you know that your San Francisco home water heater is having issues as well as keeping other critical problems from occurring in your water heater.
Energy Efficiency- April 2015 regulations state that new energy efficiency requirements are now being enacted. Those who manufacture water heaters have to comply with the standards and create water heaters that are no bigger than 56 gallons in size. The typical sized water heater may now be built slightly larger to comply with energy standards.
When replacing an older water heater in your home, make sure your plumber gets you a water heater that complies with the new standards, which can ultimately save bigger homes a minimum of $350 or more per year on energy costs.
Expansion Tank- An expansion tank can help to keep up the life of your water heater, especially since it helps to take the pressure and stress off of the water heater.
If there is a closed system, which ultimately causes a rise in water pressure, then the expansion tank can take the added pressure off the water heater, which not only protects your San Francisco home but the water heater as well.
Water Heaters Are Necessary
Many homes need water heaters because of the very cold winters and cold weather that makes it necessary to take warm showers or baths.
Although different homes have different water heater needs, it’s necessary to know what type of water heater your home needs as well as what new codes are being implemented because it affects the water heater purchase you’ll make.
Be Safe Around Water Heaters
If you ever find your water heater acting abnormal, then it’s best to call a plumber right away. It’s an unsafe situation to try and tamper with a water heater on your own, especially if you don’t know exactly what’s wrong with it.
Doing some research on a new water heater for your San Francisco, CA home? Call Magic Plumbing at (415) 441-2255 today, and get the proper insight on your new water heater choice.