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The History of Your Water Heater

It comes as no surprise that heated water has been essential to human life since the beginning of time. But, when was the first water heater invented? How did it become the heater that you have in your home today?


The Invention


In 1868, English painter Benjamin Waddy Maughan came up with the idea to heat up cold water in pipes with Bunsen burners. Although he was on the right path, this was a very dangerous method to heating water.


Inspired by Maughan's ideas, Norwegian mechanical engineer Edwin Ruud designed the first automatic gas water heater in 1889. Thus, the official design and concept of the water heater was born.




Improvements Through the Decades


It wasn't until the 1970's that the tankless design of the water heater was introduced. This method of design was intended to heat a home's water with coils as desired, unlike the original water heater design that stores water.


Many newly built homes have solar powered water heaters that act as more energy-efficient options out of the selection of water heaters to choose from.


Get Help Today!


If you're looking into changing out or repairing your water heater, Aloha Plumbing is just a call away! We are happy to provide you with honest and affordable services anytime with our 24/7 Emergency Service line, or at our regular office line.


Office Line: (909)570-4588

Emergency Line: (909)213-2806



Source: Sense. “How Americans Got Into Hot Water.” Sense Blog, 2 July 2020, blog.sense.com/how-americans-got-into-hot-water/.



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