I guess there is no right answer to that question. At least that's what came out of the office debate we had this afternoon.
Growing up I always called the thing that heats my water a water heater. It's simple to me. The thing heats the cold water that goes into it.
The guys in my office both call it a hot water heater. Is that grammatically correct? I suppose so. Although I'm not one to be on the grammar police squad. Is it redundant? I personally think so.
Break it down like this...are you heating hot or cold water? There is an argument for both sides. The water heater heats up the cold water that goes into it. It also keeps the hot water in it hot.
I can also argue that tankless water heaters aren't usually called tankless hot water heaters. Whether you have a tankless water heater or a tank heater...the end result is the same. You turn cold water into hot water. So why aren't tankless water heaters called tankless hot water heaters? If calling an appliance that heats water a hot water heater is the correct phrase, then why doesn't the same apply to the new tankless variety of water heater?
What do you call the appliance that heats your water? Let's hear what you have to say, and maybe some of our home inspectors, handymen and contractors will give us their expert opinions.
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