Can You Call it a Shower Without a Water Heater?

Anyone out there that likes a cold bath? Or an icy shower? Not many of us do, especially in the colder months of the year. In fact, most of us don’t even want to go a day without warm water.

Water heaters might be one of the most underappreciated conveniences in our home - we don’t think about them much at all but we certainly depend on them every day.

Your Water Heater and Bathroom Plumbing

bathroomplumbingIt’s really difficult to take a good shower or bath without warm water. It’s almost impossible to endure the iciness long enough to feel like you’re getting clean.

Plus, most of us have come to depend on warm water when we wash our face and enjoy the benefits that warm water has for our skin and pores.

Your water heater is what makes this essential cleaning and self-care possible. For those with standard, tank heaters, the water heater stores a supply of hot water that is ready and waiting for use in your faucets and throughout your house.

If you have a tankless water heater, you essentially have hot water “on demand” as the tank just warms the water when you need it. So, the next time you enjoy the benefits of hot water without thinking much about it, try to remember to say a little thank you to your dependable water heater.

Mobile Homes and Water Heaters

No matter how big or small your home, there’s no reason you can’t have access to reliable sources of hot water. This is true even for mobile homes. You can install a water heater in a mobile home, you’ll just want to keep a few things in mind:

  • waterheaterMobile home water heaters must be HUD-approved
  • Generally, these are smaller water heaters so that they will fit in your mobile home
  • If you have a gas water heater it needs to be sealed combustion; you’ll also generally have the option of connecting natural gas or propane
  • Your cold water inlets will be on the side (instead of the top)
  • It’s important to ensure that your water heater is properly ventilated
  • You must adequately secure it so that it doesn’t move

Despite a few differences, mobile home water heaters function just as other water heaters do and provide an effective and reliable source of hot water.

Home Depot Water Heaters and NO Self-Installation

nodiyIf you need a water heater for your home, whether it be a traditional home or a mobile home, we don’t recommend purchasing one at the Home Depot and then installing it yourself.

To be clear, we don’t have anything against the Home Depot - in fact, we shop there some too. Rather, our concern is about the self-installation.

We highly recommend that you have a professional install your hot water heater. Doing so will ensure that it’s installed correctly, that it is safe and that you receive regular tune-ups as needed. Given the amount that you depend on your hot water heater, this is one job that is best left to professionals.

After all, pretty much everyone has a funny story about a time that they ran out of water. Share some of those with us so we can all enjoy a good laugh, and, if it happens again, call PHD Mechanical Inc immediately!