Hot water is primary to contemporary life and should be available in vast quantities. Many people who are not knowledgeable in the field of plumbing will assume that a boiler and a water heater are the same because of their heating purposes. In the field of plumbing, heating devices are categorized depending on what the device can do and cannot do. It is easy to classify the heating appliance as either a boiler or a water heating by technically observing what it can and cannot do. Although the same reason of heating water underlies the use of both the boiler and the water heater, heating is differently done in both equipment and for various aims. Once you understand this, you can now apply the proper code requirements. Moreover, you will save on time and finances, which you may have otherwise used to repair the equipment once it spoils. This article will, therefore, discuss boilers and water heaters in detail.
Starting with a water heater, it is merely a device that heats up water. This water is then used in the showers, for cooking, washing and cleaning. Cold water from the supply pipe is taken up and warmed by the water heater. This warm water is then pumped throughout the home to be available in taps. Their frequent use is to heat potable water.
Tanked and tankless water heaters are the two main classifications of water heaters. The tanked water heater receives and warms the incoming cold water indirectly. There is regular use of a gas burner or an electrified heating rod inside the tank to perform that function. Immediately the required temperature of the warm water is reached, heating is stopped. The tank, therefore, stores the warmed water before it is used. On the contrary, heated water is not stored in a tankless water heater. Alternatively, there is direct heating of water. Heat is supplied to running water without end, until the tankless water heater is switched off.
A boiler necessarily boils water. This means that water is turned into steam inside the boiler. There is an effective transmission of heat in the form of steam. Steam retains heat better than air. Moreover, it is a less expensive way of transferring heat since it is simple to pump steam all over the home. After the boiler has turned the water into steam, it is supplied throughout the home for heating functions. The steam may not necessarily be potable.
In conclusion, the main difference between the two is that while a water heater is used to warm water, which will be used for cleaning or cooking, a boiler uses steam and radiant heat techniques to heat a home.