What Is An Expansion Tank?

Expansion Tank

An Expansion Tank is installed on systems where water is heated to store the volume of water created by thermal expansion without a dangerous pressure increase. Water cannot be compressed, yet when water is heated its volume increases. In a building’s water supply system many times the small volume increase simply pushes its way back towards the city water supply without any problems. But there […]

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Bradford White MI250L6DS Lowboy 50 Gallon Electric Water Heater

Bradford White MI250L6DS Lowboy 50 Gallon Electric Water Heater

Bradford White is one of the oldest water heater companies in the industry, the company dates back to 1881 when technology was not that advanced and there were no such thing as tankless water heaters. Bradford White started small but soon after became the world leader when it comes to space heating, water heating and combination of heating and water storage products. Today their inventory […]

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What Is A “Low boy” Water Heater?

Short Water Heater

A “Short” Water Heater also sometimes referred to as a “Low Boy Water Heater” is used where the space the water heater is being installed in is not tall enough for a regular water heater. The “Short” Water Heaters are available with the same tank sizes as tall water heaters but rather than being tall and thin they are short and fat allowing installations under […]

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Bradford White M440T6FBN 40 Gallon Water Heater Review

Bradford White M440T6FBN 40 Gallon Natural Gas Water Heater

Bradford White has a wide variety of products that provide high quality and high performance to residential and commercial applications all over the world. The company started in 1881 and has been growing and growing into one of the leaders in the water heater industry. They have Solar, Gas and Electric Water Heaters available in Tallboy, Lowboy and Tankless designs. One of the most popular […]

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What Is A Water Heater Blanket?

A Water Heater Blanket is an insulation blanket that is wrapped around a water heater to help prevent standby heat loss from the tank of the water heater. Water Heater Blankets are often constructed from fiberglass insulation and have a plastic layer on the outside. The blankets are wrapped around the water heater and tape is used to seal the seams and edges. When installing […]

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A.O. Smith ProMax GCV-40 Natural Gas Tall 40,000 BTU Water Heater Review

A.O. Smith ProMax GCV-40 Natural Gas Tall 40,000 BTU Water Heater

A.O Smith is the recognized leader in both water heater and electric motors in North America and around the world. A.O Smith has a wide variety of products that fits every type of water heating application whether it is for residential or commercial. One of these products is the A.O. Smith ProMax Water Heater Series. The ProMax Series includes ECT-52 Tall 52 Gallon Natural Gas […]

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What Is A Water Heater Drip Pan?

A Water Heater Drip Pan is a round metal or plastic pan with a drain designed to catch any water leaking from a water heater tank and drain it in a manner which will prevent water damage to the building and its contents. Water Heater Drip Pans are round and placed underneath an installed water heater. The sides of the drip pan are about four […]

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What Is A Stop & Waste Valve?

Stop and Waste Valve

A Stop & Waste Valve is a valve used to shut off water, that has a port that can be opened to drain the outlet side of the valve. A Stop & Waste Valve can be any of the various types of valves, ball valve, globe valve, gate valve, etc. but they are able to waste or, drain the water held in the valve and […]

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What is a Gas Cock Valve?

A Gas Cock is another name used by plumbers to refer to the valve used to turn the gas on and off supplying an individual appliance. If the plumber was to use the term gas valve there would be some confusion as to exactly which valve he was talking about. In the case of a gas water heater the term “Gas Valve” would refer to […]

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What is a Thermostat?

Thermostat Diagram

A Thermostat is a device that is used to control the temperature of the water inside the tank of the water heater. There are many different types used in the different water heaters depending on the type of water heater and the type of energy source used but they all control the heating either electrically or, mechanically. The Thermostat usually also has some form of […]

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