Do you know what type of hot water heater that have? Or are you considering a new hot water heater and you want to compare the different types? Either way this article provides valuable information that helps you to identify and compare the various types of hot water heaters that are available on the market.
Do you have a water heater that is not working properly? See the articles 'Troubleshooting Gas Hot Water Heater Problems' or 'Troubleshooting Electric Hot Water Heater Problems' for information on how to solve your problem. Not sure what type of water heater that you have, no problem, review the information below before you proceed.
A standard electric hot water heater has some of the same characteristics that all water heaters have. However, they are simpler than their gas fired cousins, so they have fewer distinctive features. So do identify one, you are looking more for what they don't have instead of what the do have. See the descriptions for Gas Water Heaters below for some of the distinctive gas water heater features. Look for these features to see if your water heater is electric.
Electrical Hook Up - This is generally a conduit, usually flexible that is attached to the top of the water heater. It is not a regular cord that plugs into an outlet. Most water heaters run on a 50 amp 220/240 volt circuit, so the wiring is heavy duty.
Access Panels - Electric water heaters use 'heating elements' to heat the water. These have electrical terminals that attached to the element that extends inside of the tank. Most water heaters will have two elements. On the side of the water heater you will find two access panels that are attached with screws.
No Gas Line or Gas Valve - Unlike a gas water heater, the electrical supply line is all that is needed. So you won't find a gas line attached to the unit.
No Vent Flue - Electric water heaters do not have any exhaust, so there is no need for a vent flue, plastic or metal.
High efficiency electric hot water heaters use technology that is similar to a heat pump. As a result, the unit will have a heat exchanger on top of the unit that acts much the same way the heat exchanger works for a heat pump. These units are generally called hybrids in that they use both heating elements and the heat exchanger. Look for some of these features:
Tank-less electric water heaters are much smaller than a standard model. They are normally mounted on the wall and have a clean simple look. You will notice a few things when you see one:
A standard gas hot water heater is fairly easy to identify. It has a few tell tale features that distinguish it from other type. See the following list for the unique features:
Power Vent gas water heaters are very similar to standard gas water heaters. The main difference is that it has a fan housing on the top of the unit that forces the exhaust out of a non-vertical vent pipe. These units are used when a standard vertical chimney is not available. Look for these features on a power vent water heater:
'High' efficiency gas water heaters may look quite similar to a 'standard' gas water heater. This is due to the fact that they have all of the same equipment requirements, with the possible exception of the type of flue. Unfortunately, the term 'High' can be applied to any water heater that is felt to be a higher efficiency than a standard version. So, the only difference might be additional insulation around the tank.
A true or optimal 'high efficiency' gas hot water heater will have a secondary heat exchanger that extracts additional btu's from the hot exhaust that a gas water heater normally produces. When this technology is employed, the exhaust is cool and the vent can be plastic pipe that can either go horizontally or vertically.
Look for these features on a High Efficiency gas water heater:
Tank-less or semi tank-less gas hot water heaters have a very different look than a standard or even a high efficiency gas water heater. First of all, they are a lot smaller and usually mounted on a wall. The reason for this is that the 'tank' that holds the hot water is the biggest feature of a standard water heater. Even if you have a semi tank-less unit, the tank is only a few gallons compared to 40-100 gallons for a conventional unit.
So a tank-less, or semi tank-less gas hot water heater will have the following features:
There are lots of manufacturers out there with several styles for each type of water heater. So, it is impossible to list every identifying feature of every available unit. We hope that this quick list of descriptions will help you if you are unsure about what type of unit you have.
Got problems with your dishwasher? We can help you to find a solution to your problem. This 'Troubleshooting Guide' helps you to determine your problem and find the best way to solve it.
There are a number of things that can go wrong with a dishwasher. They have a number of moving parts and they also use water. Yes, water, the stuff 'leaks' are made of. We have tried to identify many common problems below. Read the descriptions and determine which one seems to describe the trouble you are having.
The appliance may not be plugged in or the outlet might not be working. It is also possible that you have a blown fuse or a tripped circuit.
Another cause for the dishwasher not starting is damaged wiring. If any of the cords have been bent or had something heavy placed on them, it may cause breaks that are not visible to the naked eye.
The dishwasher door must be properly latched in order for the unit to start. If something is obstructing it or the latch has become bent, it will not start.
If you hear whining noises, it is possible that the motor or pump is damaged. Debris may be preventing it from functioning properly. Also, the internal drive belt could be damaged, worn out or have popped out of place.
Whether it will not fill at all or the water begins to drain while the water is still going into the unit, this is a serious operational issue.
The water supply itself may not be connected well or it could have a leak in the lines leading to the appliance.
The fill lines that lead to your unit may have kinks or something on them that are preventing proper water flow.
The valves might not be opening or could have blockage that prevents water from getting through.
The inlet valve may not be working right. The door and float switches could also be experiencing continuity problems.
The drain valve arm may be stuck or the solenoid could be bad.
The drain hose might have a kink or twist in it that prevents the water from flowing through it. If there is a heavy object on it or it has been smashed down previously, water flow can be stopped.
You may have motor or pump obstructions in the unit. Also, the drain valve, drive belt and hoses may have damage. Your timer motor could also be faulty.
This can be due to using the wrong type of soap. You may have faulty seals, gaskets or hinges. The various hoses and pumps could also be to blame.
The heating element may be broken.
This is usually caused by food somewhere in the machine. This can be trapped in a variety of places, including the filter.
Dishwasher troubleshooting will help you find the reason why your machine is malfunctioning. Once you determine the culprit for your problem, you can make arrangements to fix it so that you can keep your kitchen clean.
A faulty dishwasher can be frustrating, getting a serviceman to repair it is expensive. If you are not a qualified technitian, you can still do it yourself since the procedure involved is not complex. Below is a lists of parts that you should consider troubleshooting or repairing to ensure a normal operation of your dishwasher.
If you are having problems that involve low pressure in the spray arms, the problem can be in the upper discharge housing gasket. It is positioned above the discharge cover above the circulation impeller. Replacing the gasket can be a remedy. When doing so, ensure that no debris is left behind that may make fitting the gasket tricky.
If the spray arm looses its normal flexibility and functionality, it could be obstructed by dishes limiting free movement. A wobbly spray arm and a rugged spray pattern can be realized, you need to inspect the spray’s for plugged holes or cracks. Debris like food, cellphones, glass and other foreign may be clogging of the spray arm. Inspecting the filter can also help. Crack and seams can also be the cause of failure of the spray arm, to improve its functionality; you should consider servicing the spray arm mounting bracket and ensure that it is not loose or cracked.
If your dishwasher has a middle spray- arm, and it is not operating well. You need to inspect the docking station including its flappers. The docking station is located at the rear of the dish washer. Its job is to feed water to the middle spray arm. Ensure that the flappers can freely move and will close successfully when this pray arm is not selected.
If you are experiencing clogging of the draining system dirty water circulates in the dishwasher and can be reused in the dishwasher. The choppers can be faulty-they could not chopping food debris on the dishes. To eliminate this problem, you should inspect the draining pump and remove the food debris. If the choppers are damaged, then you need to replace them.
If your dishwasher not cleaning properly, the water inlet valve can be the problem. A faulty valve will not supply enough water to the tub, or no water is supplied at all. It is located in the anterior of the dishwasher behind the lower access panel. To correct this malfunction you need to inspect and ensure that it is not plugged and whether the vale is supplied with power during the fill portion of the circle. It can be inspected using a multi-meter. If it is not operating well, you should consider replacing it.
When your dishwasher cannot deliver enough cleaning water from the upper spray arm, the water delivery tube could be clogged. Ensure that the delivery arm is well aligned if it’s made up of plastic. Remove the debris if it is plugged or consider replacing it.
When the food particles are clogging the spray arm, then the filters are torn. Consider replacing them.
If your wash spinner is not well mounted, cracked or not fixed well then, the dishes will not be coming out from the dishwasher. Ensure that the spinner is at liberty to spin.
Your dishwasher not Cleaning properly? this can arise due to a faulty detergent dispenser or poor quality of the detergent is used. Utilize powdered detergents since they dissolve easily and ensure that the detergent cup is not clogged or plugged if your dishwasher is old. Consider replacing the faulty parts.
Poor operation of your dishwasher could be due to malfunctioning of the heating element. If hot water is not supplied, check the heating element below the dish washer. For your safety and to achieve clean dishes, ensure that the dishwasher heating element heats the water to a temperature range of 140-150 degrees Fahrenheit.
Poor pressure and water circulation can be a main problem in a dish washer. It can arise due to faulty pump impellers. They are located in the dish washer’s pump. Check for any fins or hubs, and consider replacing.
Home Repair Central gives you the information you need to make most repairs in your home yourself. Some of the main topics are:
Fixing Doors - Repair and adjust doors in your home. Exterior Doors, Garage Doors, Interior Doors and Closet Doors are discussed.
Repairing Drywall - Everything from and little ding in your wall to a big hole can be fixed.
Plumbing Repairs - Toilets, Sinks, Drains and Water Heaters are covered.
Electrical Repair - After you take precautions there is no reason you can't make simple electrical repairs in your home.
Why pay a repairman if it is simple to fix. There are many repairs that take less the fifteen minutes. Would you like to save $75 for 15 minutes of work?
You may as well accept the fact that there will be some cost and inconvenience, no matter what you do. The cost and inconvenience can be minimized.
Calling a repairman is not a pleasant thought. Someone will need to meet him. It may not be solved in a single visit. You will have to suffer through the sometimes condescending attitude of the technician.
You may be subjected to the 'hard sell' to replace the item. 'It may not last if I fix it', he says in tone that means a bigger check. Finally, you will probably be out one hundred to several hundred dollars for your trouble, not to mention the time missed from your job.
It is my hope that you will never have to pay a hundred or more dollars for something you can do yourself. I worked for a plumbing contractor several years ago and made numerous service calls at people's homes. Many times I would be sent out to unstop a bathtub drain. I would take a screwdriver out of my back pocket, take out the strainer, and remove the hair and the drain would work fine. In the mid 70's the bill for that was forty dollars for two minutes work, not bad pay, when you can get it.
Home Repair Central is designed to help you decide if you are capable of repairing something yourself. Can you do it? How much could you save? Do i have the tools? How inconvenient will it be to the family, especially your spouse? Knowing your options will help you make an intelligent decision.
I am not saying that you should never call a professional. What I am saying is that you need a professional far fewer times than the professionals would have you believe.
I was on a website recently that said that 'garage door repairs' are best left to professionals. I guess it was a good thing I didn't read that before I repaired my own garage door.
Why should you pay exorbitant fees for simple tasks that you could easily perform yourself. With a little guidance and access to the right resources, you can make your own home repair.
Home Repair Central will provide you with the following help:
Quick easy assessments of whether or not a particular repair is practical. Is a Drywall Repair impossible for the average person? Can you make a simple Plumbing Repair? The "What Can You Save?", "How Hard Could It Be?", "Check the Simple Things First" and "What Could Go Wrong", segments will help you to quickly assess the feasibility of a repair. Look for the 'Yellow' highlights.
Step by step "How To" information to help you make the actual repair. We will try to include useful pictures that illustrate the repair being made.
Tools, sometimes, special tools may need to be rented or purchased.
Links to useful information, such as, manuals and manufacturer's websites.
Sage advice on timing. Some repairs are possible if the timing is right.
We are very glad you took the time to look at this website. We hope you find something useful here. Please come back and visit us again.
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