Have you ever taken a moment to think about your hot water system canberra? When was the last time you considered how hot your water heater is? Was it the time you were without hot water? Many homeowners think of major appliances, like hot water heaters, whenever they have a problem. It is entirely normal.

Appliances in the home are usually hidden from view and off the radar. So as long as you're getting hot water canberra whenever you require it, what's the point of checking or servicing your hot water heater?

If there is a problem, then hot water might be the most important issue because water damage is quite costly. Every year thousands of dollars of damage is caused by defective heaters. These are damage that could have been avoided by some preventative maintenance. Below mentioned are some DIYs for maintaining your hot water system.

1. Flush The Tank

The term "sediment" or "scale" is formed when water that is hard is heated. The sediment accumulates on the bottom of the hot tank for your water heater.

This isn't a good idea because:

  • Reduces the efficiency of your heater.

Gas heaters include burners that are located on the floor of tanks (and electric heaters include elements that are located below the tanks). The tank after some time accumulates sediment that acts as an insulator in between water and source of heating.

This results in longer times for running heat, which means the cost of heating is higher. Additionally, the extended run times result in premature failures of the mechanical components that make up the heating system.

  • Accelerates Damage to The Tank.

Scale accumulation near the top of the tank turns into insulation. This leads to longer running times for your elements or burners that result in high heating at the bottom of the tank.

The heat is too intense and burns away the glass liner, which protects the tank. This causes the tank to become rusty and could break more quickly. It can also overhang the bottom of electric heaters, causing it to break.

  • Your plumbing system flushes the Sediment.

The sediment spreads throughout your plumbing system , clogging the supply lines, aerators and contaminating the potable water throughout your entire house.

2. Check The Anode Rod

The anode rod, also known as "sacrificial rod" is an aluminium or magnesium rod within the tank.The job of the anode rod is to shield the tank from corrosion and rust.

While the majority of homeowners haven't heard about the anode rod you'll be shocked by that many plumbers haven't even examined them. Many plumbers do not know what they are doing or how they do it.

The rod is inserted into the tank's top and must be checked when flushing your water heater. When you inspect, keep in your mind:

  • If the anode rod is severely corroded, it's time to replace it.
  • If your rod for anode appears to be barely in good condition, the damage to your tank might be excessive so replacing your heater could be the best alternative.
  • Maintaining a quality anode rod in the right place will prolong the lifespan for your tank up to 50 percent or more.

3. Testing the Temperature and the Pressure Release Valve (T&P)

The valve for pressure relief is a security device. The valve is at the top or side of the tank. It assures that the water pressure and temperature are at a safe operating temperature.

The valve needs to be checked every year since sediment build-up could damage the valve seat, rendering it ineffective and damaging your hot water system canberra.

  • The tested water should leave the valve easily as you pull it up to the handle.
  • After you have released the handle, the valve will close, making the water stop running.

Sometimes the corrosion and build-up are so bad that they will be leaking for a long time and need to be replaced. There are a variety of installation options in relation to building codes. However, it is recommended that the valve is connected to a pipeline that connects to the outside of the house.

Conclusion 

You can clearly see that maintaining your hot water system canberra is as vital as changing your oil on the car and it can be difficult for the average homeowner. Inspection of your hot water heater might seem like an activity for winter and as we all like hot water throughout the year it is better to keep a check regularly! Do not be caught in the cold, and be sure to ensure that your plumbing system functions well. The fact is, maintenance every year works as insurance and can help prevent more expensive expenses later on.