Each time you shower, wash clothes and run the dishwasher you rely on your hot water heater to perform as expected. Since your water heater is one of the most important appliances in your home, how can you make sure it keeps working properly for years to come?
Whether your water heater has quit working unexpectedly or you're looking to improve its performance, Ace Hardware has a large variety of water heater accessories and hot water heater replacement parts in stock. Expanded below are some of the common water heater accessories that can help boost the performance and safety of your water heater.
Boost Performance with the Right Water Heater Accessories
Some water heater accessories are designed to conserve water, while others can help reduce noise whenever the appliance is in use. Here's an overview of some of the most popular types of water heater accessories:
Water Heater Expansion Tanks
Since water expands when heated, excess pressure will build up inside the hot water heater. Water pressure that reaches a certain point can cause damage to the valves of different plumbing fixtures, the joints in supply lines and even the water heater itself. Hot water heater expansion tanks are designed to maintain the thermal expansion of water as it begins to heat and reduce excessive water pressure. Water heater expansion tanks are usually attached directly to the water supply lines.
Hot Water Heating Elements
Just as the heating elements in an oven work to heat food, hot water heating elements work to heat up water. In electric water heaters, hot water heating elements consist of an upper and lower element. Both elements are controlled by separate thermostats.
If you're experiencing a constant supply of lukewarm water throughout your home, it could be an indication that the upper hot water heating element is faulty. On the other hand, a limited supply of fully hot water could indicate a defective lower heating element. Fortunately, Ace carries an array of water heater element replacements to keep your water heater working in tip-top shape.
Water Heater Pans
Water heater drip pans play an important role in preventing water damage. These drip pans are positioned directly underneath water heaters. Typically these drip pans are easy to install. Properly installed water heater pans are connected directly to the drain pipes and can catch even the most severe leaks before they turn into major problems. However, if the drip pans aren't connected to the drain pipes, they'll quickly overflow in a matter of minutes if leaking occurs.
Hot Water Recirculating Systems
These plumbing systems quickly distribute hot water throughout the home without the need to wait for the water to become hot. Essentially an on-demand hot water feature, hot water recirculating systems decrease both waiting times and wasted water.
Find Hot Water Heater Replacement Parts and Accessories
From water heater drip pans and hot water heating elements to water heater expansion tanks and pressure valves, Ace has you covered. Browse our selection of hot water heater replacement parts and accessories now.
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