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Water Heater: Main Burner On Only When Hot Water Runs. Fire Findings. Vol. 3, Issue No. 2, Spring, 1995, p. 14.

Abstract: This article discusses the results of an experiment on hot water heaters conducted by Fire Findings. They found that the main water heater did not ignite when hot water was not being used. Even when hot water was not used for an extended period of time, the main burner did not turn on. The pilot flame provides enough heat to maintain the water temperature. On an average day, the main water heater will be on approximately one hour, igniting eleven times throughout the day. However, on a laundry day, the main water heater may be on twice as long than normal. The total time the main water heater is lit and the amount of times it ignites is dependent on how much hot water is used.

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Fire Findings L.L.C.
2026 Plaza Dr.
PO Box 8637
Benton Harbor, MI 49023
Voice: (269) 925-2200
Fax: (269) 925-2204
E-Mail: firefind@firefindings.com

 
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