Water heaters are essential appliances that provide homes and businesses with hot water for daily activities like bathing, cooking, and cleaning. They operate by either heating the water as it flows through the unit (tankless or on-demand heaters) or by storing and heating water in a tank for later use (storage heaters).
The primary energy sources for these heaters include electricity, natural gas, propane, and solar power. Electric units use resistive elements to warm the water, while gas heaters employ a burner beneath the tank. Solar units harness sunlight, using solar panels to generate heat. Tankless variants, increasingly popular due to their energy efficiency, heat the water instantaneously, ensuring a continuous supply.
Regular maintenance, such as flushing to remove sediment, ensures longevity and optimal performance. These systems play a pivotal role in ensuring comfort and convenience in modern living.