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Role of Pumps in Instant Water Heaters

| Tuesday August 11, 2020

Easily one of the most overlooked plumbing appliances in the household, the water heater usually sits in the corner of your bathroom unless there are some issues with it. Be it a dribbly shower or slow in producing hot water; most of us have faced problem with the water heater at one time or another.

 Good water pressure is synonymous to a luxurious shower experience. While storage water heaters undisputedly provide great water pressure and consistent water temperature, having a storage water heater in your house demands a certain amount of space. But that does not mean that if you cannot afford the space for a storage water heater, you are stuck with poor water pressure. In case you may be wondering if an instant water heater will provide you with a comparable shower experience as its storage equivalent? The answer is yes; with Rheem’s instant water heater you can—all thanks to this tiny component called a pump.

What is a pump, and why is it good to have?

A shower with low water pressure is a nuisance. If you’ve ever tried to shower under a trickle of water, you’ll know. Low water pressure can make daily activities like bathing or brushing your teeth time-consuming and cumbersome, but having a pump changes things. As you might know, an instant water heater is relatively slimmer and sleeker than a storage water heater. However, a tiny pump is engineered into Rheem’s Prestige series of electric instant water heaters, and its job is to draw more water into the water inlet of the water heater. In short, having a pump-enhanced water heater increases incoming flow rate and forces the water to flow at a faster rate—first-class shower experience, anyone?

The different kind of pumps

Typically, there are two types of pump that you might come across: the AC pump and the DC pump. AC refers to Alternating Current, while DC stands for Direct Current.

The pros and cons of pumps

AC pump

  • Pros

    • Very powerful

  • Cons   

    • Noisy
    • Prone to mineral build-up, resulting in the need for regular maintenance, or may even decrease durability.

DC Pump

  • Pros

    • Low noise level
    • Long-lasting

  • Cons

    • Not as powerful as the AC pump, but is still good enough to help increase water pressure.

Pumps play a significant role in increasing water pressure for instant water heaters. Always wanted a hotel-inspired rain shower head in your bathroom? With a built-in pump in your water heater, you can now seriously consider it. Looking for instant water heaters that provide excellent water pressure? Rheem’s Prestige Platinum Instant Water Heaters come with a built-in pump as well as a rain shower set to help you recharge and unwind at any time of the day. Click here to learn more.

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