How Hot Water Heaters Work

how hot water heaters work

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  • (water heater) a heater and storage tank to supply heated water

  • (Water Heater) Click to jump to another letter: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W Z

  • (Water Heater) Gas and/or electrically powered device to provide hot water for washing etc.

  • A place or premises for industrial activity, typically manufacturing

  • activity directed toward making or doing something; "she checked several points needing further work"

  • Such activity as a means of earning income; employment

  • Activity involving mental or physical effort done in order to achieve a purpose or result

  • exert oneself by doing mental or physical work for a purpose or out of necessity; "I will work hard to improve my grades"; "she worked hard for better living conditions for the poor"

  • a product produced or accomplished through the effort or activity or agency of a person or thing; "it is not regarded as one of his more memorable works"; "the symphony was hailed as an ingenious work"; "he was indebted to the pioneering work of John Dewey"; "the work of an active imagination";

  • Feeling or producing an uncomfortable sensation of heat

  • (of food or drink) Prepared by heating and served without cooling

  • used of physical heat; having a high or higher than desirable temperature or giving off heat or feeling or causing a sensation of heat or burning; "hot stove"; "hot water"; "a hot August day"; "a hot stuffy room"; "she's hot and tired"; "a hot forehead"

  • Having a high degree of heat or a high temperature

  • extended meanings; especially of psychological heat; marked by intensity or vehemence especially of passion or enthusiasm; "a hot temper"; "a hot topic"; "a hot new book"; "a hot love affair"; "a hot argument"

  • characterized by violent and forceful activity or movement; very intense; "the fighting became hot and heavy"; "a hot engagement"; "a raging battle"; "the river became a raging torrent"

Moving story.

Moving story.

So, in the end, it wasn't a smooth move. It was decidedly uneven move. In fact it was impressively lumpy and annoyingly rough. But also kind of hilarous. That is if you are flat out giddy with exhaustion, which is the state I found myself in for most of March.

Here is the story of the first twenty minutes of the very first day:

It takes me five minutes to work out the secret door jiggle required to open the front door. Once inside, we discover that the previous tenants left the heating on and when the power was switched on the day before the heater began pumping out boiling air. Did I mention that it's one of the hottest days of the year? It's a furnace inside and in moments we are drenched with sweat. And we don't know where the heater switch is. We track down our neighbour (a lovely girl who was basically a sister to me growing up) who shows us how. We go to turn on the Air Conditioner, only to discover the previous tenants left with the remote to the AC in tow. Not even God knows why. I go to open the windows to let some air flow through, only every window is locked - which is good - with a key we don't have - which is bad. (I have a slightly extreme panic attack.) I wander into the laundry and am immediately beseiged by mosquitos, which I am allergic to, and run screaming from the house.

Which is, of course, when I meet the rest of our neighbours.

The accursed water heater of doooooom

The accursed water heater of doooooom

So when I first moved into my flat in Berlin, noone bothered to explain to me the function of this damned thing. There I was in frigid Berlin in March, trapped in a sea of people who spoke nothing but Turkish and German, with a roommate who had no interest in communicating. The first night was the worst. It was freezing, as my roommate had kindly turned this thing off; so there I lay, bitterly cold and a stranger in a strange land (A Jew in Germany at that!). All that got me through the night was the hope that I could get up and take a hot shower in the morning.

When morning finally arrived, I went to go and try to take a shower, only to find the water was cold as Baba Yaga's icy teat! So I bundled up as well as I could and wandered the frigid streets of Berlin till I felt alive again. That night, I discovered this thing in the corner. The dials and knobs you see were left covered up by the plate you see hanging there, so I really have a bit of an excuse for not realizing what the story was. Anyway, after a good deal of creative fiddling I figured out how this thing worked and then...oh the sweetness of available hot water...

how hot water heaters work

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