A hot water system isn’t always the number one thing on your mind everyday, but it’s an important part of your life that keeps the cogs in the machine running smoothly. Because once you purchase the system, you simply forget about it until it stops working. So here’s a few maintenance steps that will help you increase the lifespan of your Hot Water System.
1) It is recommended that every 2 years have the protective anode in your hot water tank replaced. The anode rod hangs in the tank to help prevent its inside from rusting out. It should be checked annually when the tank is drained. Replacing a badly corroded rod is far cheaper than replacing the water heater. Without a good anode rod, hot water will rapidly corrode the inside of the tank, shortening its life.
2) Have all valves associated with your hot water system checked.
When your hot water system makes a lot of noise, it’s often a sign that it’s on the way out. However, a hissing or sizzling noise might just be a faulty relief valve discharging to waste, which will probably need replacement. If there is a leak evident, it may need replacement.
4) Have your tank drained from the base to remove all build up of sludge every 2 years.
If your tank is starting to corrode around your hot water system’s fittings this usually means you have a leak. Try tightening the fittings. If this doesn’t seem to fix the problem, you might need to replace the fittings. Additionally, with new storage hot water systems you can avoid corrosion by having the tank installed on inert material such as a breathable plastic pad.
5) Call the experts for a free appraisal, don’t be caught short this upcoming Autumn!!
Hot water system leaks are often difficult to fix, so, it’s best to call a professional to take a look at it for you and assess what needs to be done.