Instantaneous Water Heaters:
In the 1870s, Englishmen, Maughan invented the first tankless water heater. Little is known about Maughan's invention; all the same, his invention influenced the designs of Edwin Ruud.
Edwin Ruud, a Norwegian mechanical engineer was the inventor of the automatic storage water heater in 1889. Ruud immigrated to Pittsburgh where he pioneered the early development of both residential and commercial water heaters. He founded the Ruud Manufacturing Business.
Instantaneous Water Heaters also called Tankless Water Heaters is just that. They do not have a tank, and hence are thought to be more energy efficient. Sometimes they are called an in line water heater, as it only heats the water it needs as it passes through, and therefore energy is not eaten up by heating extra water all day that is not in use.
Some terms for Tankless Water Heaters are Combi Boilers, Combination Water Heaters, Inline Water Heaters, Continuous Flow Water Heaters, Instant-On Water heaters, On-Demand Water Heaters and Flash Water Heaters.
These specific Water Heaters are rapidly gaining in popularity and will soon become the normal. Many a time, one main Tankless Water Heater will be installed alongside the furnace supplementing smaller Tankless Water Heaters. Smaller Tankless Water Heaters will be situated in clever spots such as furthest bathrooms, etcetera, & to be stationed just where the water is being used. This plan saves H2O as well as energy, hereby making this option one of the most economic, as well as saving on space.
Storage Tank Water Heaters:
This is in essence the class of water heater you saw growing up, the big white tank often at the side of the furnace. Tank type water heaters come in numerous varieties - gas, oil and electric. This refers to the type of burner used to heat the H2O. Energy efficiencies between the different types of burners on the tank water heaters can differ hugely. In this tank, cold water is used to fill the tank, and an element, as usual near the top & bottom inside the tank is used to heat the water. In between the inside tank and the outer shell is often insulation to help keep the H2O hot, without the elements having to do all of the work.
Call Richards Rooter and Plumbing at 1-800-420-2003 for the installation and repair of Tankless and Conventional Storage Tank Water Heaters in La Crescenta CA