Hot water is fundamental to modern living and should be there in abundant supply. If you are not an expert in plumbing, a boiler, and a water heater are probably the same heating devices to you. 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. Of course while both the water heater and the boiler perform the same function of heating water in homes, they do that in different ways and for different purposes. Once you understand this, you can now apply the proper code requirements. Furthermore, you will be saved time and money that you may have spent when the equipment develops problems. This article will, therefore, discuss boilers and water heaters in detail.
Kicking off with a water heater, it is barely a piece of equipment, which performs the function specified by its name; that is heating water. The heated water is then explicitly used for cleaning, washing, and cooking. The water heater receives cold water from the supply tank and heats it up. Heated water is then availed in taps throughout the home. The kind of water they warm must be potable.
Water heaters are categorized into two; tanked and tankless water heaters. Heat is indirectly applied to the water taken up in the tanked water heater. There is regular use of a gas burner or an electrified heating rod inside the tank to perform that function. Heat is ceased when the needed temperature is arrived at. The water is then stored inside the tank awaiting use. On the contrary, heated water is not stored in a tankless water heater. On second thought, water is heated directly. There will be continuous heating of running water if the tankless water heater remains on.
A boiler necessarily boils water. This implies that in the boiler, water is converted into steam. There is an effective transmission of heat in the form of steam. Heat is better held in steam than in air. Moreover, it is a less expensive way of transferring heat since it is simple to pump steam all over the home. The boiler boils the water, and the resultant steam is principally used for heating reasons. The steam may not necessarily be potable.
In the end, the primary difference between the two is that the purpose of a water heater is to warm potable water, whereas a boiler provides heat to a home using steam and radiant heat techniques.