Maintenance Tips For Your Hot Water System
Your hot water system is one of the most important and hardest working appliances in your home or business. It’s crucial for everything from doing the dishes to having showers. Ensuring it’s well maintained prevents costly and inconvenient breakdowns. Below are a few tips to help you keep your hot water system running in good order.
Check the Temperature
Check the temperature around once a year. It should be between 55ºC and 60ºC. If it’s lower, there is a higher risk of harmful bacteria growing and thriving within the system. If it’s higher, you run the risk of accidentally scalding people when they operate hot water taps.
Operating outside the ideal temperature can also reduce the lifespan of the appliance. If the temperature of your water regularly fluctuates, have the system checked by a service person.
Annual Pressure Relief Valve Checks
Check the pressure relief valve every year to ensure it’s functioning properly. Place a bucket under the drainpipe, then gently raise and lower the pressure relief valve. Hot water should rush out of the drainpipe. If it doesn’t, you may need the valve replaced.
Keep in mind this only tests the freedom of mechanical movement and ensures the waterways are clear. It doesn’t reveal build-up of mineral salt, rust or corrosion that may cause the pressure relief valve to freeze up and fail to work.
Check for Leaks
Leaks can cause costly water damage and increase your bills significantly. If you use a continuous flow of hot water, regular checks for water leaks are especially important. Leaks are a sign that you need to have your system serviced or replaced. Even the smallest leak can lead to a lot of trouble. Call a professional if you find obvious leaks, new rust stains or water pooling at the base of the tank.
Replacing the Sacrificial Anode
Most tank-based hot water systems have a sacrificial anode, which is a metal rod that hangs down inside your hot water tank. Made from aluminium or magnesium and coated in zinc, this rod is designed to attract minerals and impurities in the water which would otherwise cause the inside of the tank to rust and deteriorate. This sacrificial anode slowly rusts and degrades instead, protecting the hot water tank. This rod needs to be replaced every five years.
Drain the Tank
Over time, sediment particles tend to build up in the tank of your hot water system, making it less efficient, more unreliable and possibly smelly. Draining the tank. This should be done every six to 12 months and is best carried out by a professional technician.
Hot Water System Maintenance and Repairs in Melbourne
At Efficient Pure Plumbing, we install, service and repair hot water systems all across Melbourne. With over 20 years of experience, you can count on our experts to keep your water heater working at its best, whether you have a gas storage heater, electric water heater, solar hot water heater, a heat pump system or a continuous flow system.
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