On the inlet cold water pipe to the typical cylindrical, vertical, gas
fired hot water heater:
Are most plumbed in with a globe valve, so the water to it can be completely
shut off ?
I saw a diagram where they said to use a gate valve.
This doesn't make much sense to me, as although a gate valve would allow a
consideably greater flow thru it when wide open (less p drop), the globe
style allows for a full shutoff, if needed.
Our new water heater seems to have a lesser flow thru it than our old one of
ten yrs ago.
Wife is quite upset.
On looking thru the web, I came across this gate valve picture.
So, which style is commonly used for this application, these days ?
Also, are these new heaters supplied with any kind of "Energy-Saving"
restriction like so many newer shower heads ? Any thoughts on why the
thruput flow might be lower on the newer one (same size, different mfg.) ?