Your hot water system is a very important part of the inner workings of your home, and you certainly want it to last for as long as possible. Fortunately, there are some things you can do that will help to keep the system in shape and that will ensure you are not doing anything that would invalidate the warranty from the manufacturer.
It is a good idea to keep an eye on your hot water system so you can catch any potential problems, such as leaks, early. In addition, it is a good idea to drain the hot water heater each year. If you don’t, it can have a build-up of sediment which can cause the water to look cloudy.
Be sure to check the temperature and pressure relief valve. The valve works to protect the hot water heater from damage that could be caused due to excessive water pressure or excessive heat. Checking the valve and temperature regularly will let you know if there’s anything wrong with the system. If there is, and you don’t do anything about it, there is the possibility of dealing with a ruptured tank. This could flood a portion of your home.
It is important to keep in mind that every five years, according to the law, you will need to have your pressure temperature relief valve replaced. You can have a professional plumber take care of the replacement and check the rest of your hot water system at the same time.
Another good idea to make the most of your hot water system is to insulate the tank heater. One of the biggest benefits of this is lowering the amount of energy you use. It will not take as long to heat up the water, which means you will not have to run the water as long. Therefore, you save on energy and water. In addition to the cost savings, since you are going to be running the tank on a lower heat, it can increase the longevity of the hot water system in many cases.
While you can do some basic maintenance to make sure everything is working with your hot water system, there are some things that you simply can’t do on your own. It is a good idea to have regular check-ups for your hot water system, just to make sure everything is in good working order. With proper maintenance, it is possible for the hot water heater system to stay in great shape for much longer. The cost of annual maintenance is well worth it.
Many people do not think much about their hot water systems until there’s a problem. You do not want to take cold showers, you do not want to wait for what seems like ages for the water to heat up, and you do not want your water tank to rupture. Therefore, make sure you’re getting the help you need from professional plumbers.