A Concise History of Water Heaters

Posted by on Jul 6, 2016 in Water Heater Repair Fresno CA

Similar to a great deal of innovations we have today, the beginnings of the contemporary water heater is not quickly be traced back to just a single person or culture as its developer. It could not be as strange as some innovations yet it is absolutely an invention that we make use of every day. Having hot water in homes has actually aided make our lives much easier and healthier, and need to not be a thing we take for granted.

It makes us chuckle some when we read information and see ads for tankless hot water heaters with the advertising and marketing message of “instant hot water.” Sure, it would be terrific to have, and of course it can conserve water that would run down the drain as one waits for the heated water to go through ones home plumbing pipes from the water heater to the faucet; but are we that spoiled that we can’t wait a few seconds for the heated water to flow out? In this article we will be looking at a few of the cultures and individuals that have actually helped with the advancement of bringing hot water into the residence for us to enjoy this modern convenience.

I remember seeing old Western movies when I was a kid and people would fill bath tubs with water heated up from a range or fire. This was a time consuming process, yet just what individuals did before having the development of a water heater. Over the past one hundred years approximately, the good news is this procedure is not needed any longer.

The Romans had their hot baths, which is usually thought of as an early kind of water heating. They had an exceptional method of heating their buildings with flowing air heated up from a fire beneath the flooring. Sort of like a very early kind of radiant floor heating. They made use of fires to heat water in large lead boilers located above the heaters. This was utilized for their large bathroom homes which resembled saunas.

Now we will leap ahead to the English painter, Benjamin Waddy Maughan. He had the initial patented for a water heater in 1868. InMaughans Water Heater The Geyser his layout, gases heated the water yet there was not a flue to eliminate the gas vapors that are produced in the process. This was the first time that gas, not a solid fuel was utilized in heating water. This development by Maughan had the cold water move through wires that were heated by the hot gases of a burner. The heated water produced then entered into a sink or tub. It was called The Geyser, for the inventor had the idea from an actual water hot spring.

Due to Maughan’s absence of ventilation, his water heater was not made use of inside the house. Today, if a water heater is not ducted appropriately, carbon monoxide could enter the residence, which is a big problem.

Maughan’s creation did go on to influence Edwin Ruud, a Norwegian mechanical engineer who was the innovator of the automatic storage hot water heater in 1889. During the 1880s in Pittsburgh, Rudd began the procedure of figuring out how one can create hot water safely. The business he started, Ruud Manufacturing Company, is still a leading producer of water heaters today. By the time of Rudd’s death, he managed to change the daily sanitary behaviors of the majority of every American.Rudd Water Heater Patent

The following is from Rudd’s patent:

In a patent obtained by me December 30, 1890, No. 443,797, I have described and claimed certain improvements in Water-heaters, such improvements consisting, generally stated, in certain mechanism controlled by the temperature of the Water in the boiler for regulating the flow of gas to the burner employed for heating the boiler.

The present invention has for its object a construction of the regulating Inechanism, whereby the flow of gas to the burner may be more nearly proportioned to the quantity of cold water admitted; and in general terms the invention consists in the construction and combination of mechanical devices or elements, all as more fully hereinafter described and claimed.

In the accompanying drawing, forming a part of this specification, is shown a sectional elevation of a water-heater having my improvement applied thereto.  (read more. . .)

In England around 1895, Ewart & Son invented a gas fired water heater called the Royal Geyser. It would be installed next to a tub. It was gas fired and heated water that was going into the tub. The warm water was blended with cold water to develop the temperature one desired. The development was a little fragile, for if the water was shut off before the pilot light being shut off, it would generally mess up the appliance.Ewart Royal Gyser Water Heater

The 1900s are thought as the golden age of water heaters. There are lots of business that started in the United States, offering new ideas and technologies to continuously enhance the general design. We have electrical, gas, tankless and also solar hot water heater today, all of which have an interesting background for their developments.

I mentioned tankless hot water heater in the introduction of this article. Though lots of people still consider them a current product in the plumbing world, yet they were in fact initially invented in 1929! Stiebel-Eltron invented the first electric tankless heater, or coil immersion heater.

Other terms made use of to refer to water heaters that are still around today are an electric water boiler, electric dispensing pot, geyser, or electric water urn.

There is your concise history of the contemporary hot water heater. Try to keep in mind that it is a residence device that does require a little maintenance every now and then as well. With any luck our Fresno hot water heater customers will certainly have the ability to not take their water heater for granted more and will make sure to adhere to appropriate maintenance actions.