Diy Heating Plumbing
DIY heating plumbing is what you need to learn about to ensure you always have hot running water in your home. But DIY heating plumbing is limited, because when it comes to working with hot water cylinders and geyers, there are very strict regulations all over the world. Still, it helps to know that basics about DIY heating plumbing and its parameters, so that you can act in the event of an emergency, and also so you know what you can do yourself safely and legally.
Electric, gas and solar-powered hot water cylinders, sometimes called geysers, are probably the most common choice when it comes to heating water in our homes. But today more and more people are opting for solar power, because it enables us to save electricity and eventually also money. Solar water cylinders look a lot like electric water heaters but they work quite differently to electric water heaters. There are also different types of solar water heaters, but most solar water heating systems have two main parts:
1. a solar collector that absorbs the heat of the sun, and
2. a storage tank.
If no electricity is used for the solar heating system, then you will only get hot water when the sun shines. For this reason many systems use some electricity to heat the water when the sun doesn't shine. This means there will be an electric element in the cylinder that can be switched on to heat the water when there isn't enough solar energy to do the job. People who have solar water heaters that also use electricity usually only switch on the elements in winter. Manufacturers of solar heating units also tell people to try and use hot water either at night or in the morning so that the hot water isn't diluted with cold water when only a portion of the water in the tank is used.
All types of water heaters must be designed and made according to certain international specifications to ensure they are safe and serviceable. The main concern of the authorities is to ensure that explosions and implosions are avoided, and that there isn't a backflow of water from water heaters that will scald or burn people, especially when they are showering. This might sound dramatic, but many hot water cylinders have exploded and killed people in the past.
Standards for DIY Heating Plumbing
International standards also tell us what components we need to install different types of water heaters, for example, hot and cold pipes, a fixed electric storage water heater that has been manufactured according to a recognized standard, specific valves listed in the standards, and a drip tray.
The water heaters that most of us use to heat bath water are quite large and we often fit them in the roof space above our ceilings. But we can also use what we call instant water heaters that are a lot smaller than water heaters, and they don't store the water in a cylinder.
When international standards for water heaters were initially introduced worldwide, a main concern was to make sure that the safety components were installed properly. If the plumbing industry doesn't make sure that pressurised water heaters are safe for everybody to use, governments would have to introduce even stricter rules. Everybody agrees that plumbers need guidance on the correct way to plumb pressure installations safely and properly. This is why training is very specialized and why you need to minimize your projects that relate to DIY heating plumbing.