When we think of taking a shower, or a bath, hot water is usually something that comes to mind, right? How often have you looked forward to taking a freezing cold shower? Or, when was the last time you wanted to relax in an ice-cold bathtub? The answer is most likely never!
It is difficult for most of us to contemplate a life without hot water. Having water heaters in our homes is a luxury we consider a necessity. Interestingly enough; however, many of us do not know the basic workings of our water heaters. Until your water heater malfunctions, you may never give it a thought.
It is important, though, to have some knowledge so you can anticipate any problems that come your way! If a cold shower is something you wish to avoid, some basic info is all you need.
Your Bathroom Plumbing
Your bathroom plumbing is not actually as complex as it may seem. In order to heat the water for your bathroom, your water heater gathers cold water through a dip tube.
A dip tube is a plastic pipe that is connected to your cold water. The purpose of the dip tube is to deposit the cold water at the bottom of your tank.
The cold water at the bottom of your tank is then heated and rises to the top. As the hot water rises, it is pushed through your pipes, and into your bathroom faucets.
Bathroom plumbing is essential to having the comforts of a warm shower. Without it, we would not have any running water whatsoever!
Mobile Homes Have Water Heaters Too
Nowadays, there are water heaters for every home. Whether your home is big or small, there is an option so you can have the comfort of hot water.
Mobile homes are a great example of this! While mobile homes do not have basements, water heaters are placed in a water closet; usually on the outside of the home.
A couple of key things to keep in mind for mobile home water heaters is they are different from regular water heaters. The three basic differences are:
- They have interchangeable gas and propane vents.
- The cold water inlet is located on the side of the unit while the hot water inlet is located at the top of the unit.
- A strap kit is provided with a mobile home water heater.
Also, HUD (Department of Housing and Urban Development) does require mobile home water heaters to have a non-adjustable temperature and a pressure relief valve.
Home Depot is Not the Way to go When You Need a New Water Heater
While we are big fans of Home Depot (who doesn’t shop there at least a few times a year?), we do not recommend buying your water heater in order to self-install. If not done correctly, a poorly installed water heater can cause:
- Fuel/gas leaks
- Bacteria growth
This is why it is always preferable to have a professional install and tune up your water heater. It’s also important to note; while some states do allow an unlicensed person to install the water heater, you will still need to pull a permit to have the unit inspected for safety.
A professional will take care of the installation and permits for you! Installed incorrectly, a water heater can be very dangerous, and potentially cost you thousands of dollars. A licensed plumber will also be able to tell you when a tune-up or repairs are needed!
Call the Professionals
Running out of hot water can be a pain, and cause some embarrassing situations! How many of us had to make the walk of shame by running out of the house with a wet head full of shampoo!? Let us know below of any hot water mishaps you have had, so we don’t feel alone!
If you do find yourself in the middle of one of these tales though, please call us immediately! At Cajun Maintenance, we’re always available and ready to assist you. Please call (225) 372-2444 today!