Hot water heaters.....
December 28, 2007 3:28am CST
Why are they often called "hot" water heaters, instead of just, water heaters? They don't heat hot water. They heat cold water to make it hot...
28 Dec 07
This was actually the same exact question I had when I first encountered the HVAC industry. I actually edited "hot water heater" to "water heater" from some of our technical papers. Then I found out that the term "hot water heater" has been used in the industry way before I was there and therefore have to use the same term. I suppose there are other technical terms that do not make sense grammatically or are just simply redundant. However, these terms are well understood and accepted by the technical people in that specific industry. Using a term that is grammatically correct could be technically wrong.
• United States
28 Dec 07
Oh My Gosh! And here I was thinking I was the only one who got annoyed when I hear that. I too have noticed a lot of people do that when talking about their water heater. Sometimes I just laugh and keep my mouth shut but at other times I just blurt it out...It's not a "hot" water heater. It's heat the water so it will be hot". I once heard a plumber say that and I could hardly believe my ears. Have a fun and safe New Year