Find Out More About Your Water Heater Regulations
3 Main Water Heater Regulations
Water heater regulations, set by manufacturers and National Board members, are essential for protecting homeowners as well as companies. These water heater regulations include, but not limited to:
1. Pressure Relief Valve Installation.
Installation of a pressure relief valve in a water heater is an imperative regulatory feature. The pressure relief valve is an emergency stop valve designed to offer an escape route for water from the heater.
It also relieves the water temperature and pressure at a certain point to avoid possible injury or damage since the rise of temperature beyond a particular point increases pressure build-up inside the water heater and leads to unsafe temperature conditions.
With the pressure relief valve installed, the increased water pressure opens the valve and water can escape to the exterior, hence lowering the pressure inside the water heater tank. The valve also allows the manual release of air from the heating chamber whenever someone is filling it with water.
2. Insulation of the Water Heater.
Water heater insulation is yet another crucial regulatory. Homeowners ought to insulate their water heaters, whether located in the garage or any other place presumed to be safe. Manufacturers have insulation kits designed specifically for this purpose.
A proper insulation package should not cover up the temperature and pressure valve, the drain or the panel control. The top of the gas-fired unit should not get covered too, hence ensuring that the air intake together with the light pilot access and draft diverter are kept free and clear.
3. Stabilizer Kits.
Water heaters require stabilizer kits to prevent them from tipping over. Water heaters with 50-gallon capacity¬ hold water with approximately 400 pounds of weight, which is a lot of weight. Thus, installing stabilizer kits is essential. In the event of a tremor in an earthquake zone, the water heater strap kits assist in stabilizing the unit and prevent it from tipping over.
4. Pressure Overflow Tank for Preventing Backflow.
Whenever backflow occurs, non-potable wastewater and drinking water mix. The backflow happens when the pressure in the water heater system changes and wastewater flows back into the supply system.
In prevention of this backflow contamination, water heaters are regulated to have a pressure overflow tank. A one-way valve in the water heater system is also an effective way of preventing the backflow contamination.
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