What kind of water heating system is this?
July 4, 2006 10:09 AM Subscribe
What kind of water heating system do I have? And can I install a timer on it?
posted by schoolgirl report to Home & Garden (3 answers total)
Here's the setup: oil-fired furnace is in one part of the basement. From there, copper pipes run into a tank in another part of the basement. According to the tank, it's an electric water heater (State Select brand). But given the connection to the furnace, and the fact that the furnace turns on when we're doing laundry or taking a shower (or at random, for a few minutes at a time), clearly my water isn't heated by electricity alone.
I thought perhaps I have an indirect system
, as that's the only scenario that seems to fit the setup I've described. But wouldn't such a system use a storage tank rather than an electric heater?
Because heating oil is so pricey, I'd like to put the system on a timer. In order to determine if that's possible, I need to figure out how the system works.