Electrical designs are exceptional for small homes and smaller water needs. A working electric water heater can heat 40 gallons of water in just under an hour and a half. The most efficient heaters can reduce this time to about an hour. Before making a purchase, it is important to know how to size a water heater so that you never run out of cold water.
Compared to the Tampa example, this is almost twice the temperature rise, meaning that the water heater of New Hampshire homeowners will have to work much harder to heat the water. But as a rule of thumb, the higher the rating for the first hour, the faster you can expect your water heater to recover. For the most part, electric water heaters work the same way as gas water heaters, except that they use electric heating elements to heat water instead of a gas burner. A unit with a high recovery rate will provide hot water faster because it takes less time to heat it.
Water heaters that are too small for your home or heating needs can run out quickly, meaning the tank never catches up and fully recovers because you are drawing too much water from the tank. Even if you have the most energy efficient water heater, you may have some problems that can slow down your recovery time. Because the tank constantly replenishes its water supply, each water heater in the tank has a “first hour” rating, which tells you how many gallons of water the unit can supply in an hour when you start with a tank full of hot water. For this reason, it is important to consider the “temperature rise” when calculating the water heater recovery.
The dip tube is a component of the water heater that pushes incoming cold water to the bottom of the tank to heat it. With a large house, it may take a few seconds longer to go through the water pipes and reach the appliances farthest from the heater. They are also less efficient during the heating process because a gas heater requires ventilation to remove excess gas, so not all the heating energy it produces is used. For all your water heater needs, contact bluefrog Plumbing + Drain to schedule your free home plumbing evaluation.
While they may vary in size, the most common size of water heater is 40 gallons, which is what we'll use here when we talk about how fast they work.