Maintaining Your Hot Water Tank
Getting to the bottom of the water heater
At their most basic levels, hot water heaters are divided into two simple components: storage and heating. A hot water tank is a specially-insulated water tank that, if properly maintained, can accurately control the temperature of water for days. Once in a tank, water can be heated through a variety of means – including gas, electricity, or even wood – for personal use.
Problems and complications; what causes hot water heaters to go awry
Water tanks are normally connected to a domestic water supply, except in the rare cases where homes are running on an internal water supply, like a well. As even the most purified water contains trace amounts of minerals in varying consistency, hot water tanks – and by extension, hot water heaters – are highly susceptible to build-up and corrosion. Here are some signs to look out for with aging water heaters:
- Corrosion as a result of mineral build-up. When water is heated, the minerals that are dissolved in the water precipitate into the tank, corroding the tank’s insides. As a result of this corrosion, leaks are not uncommon in poorly maintained, older tanks.
- Weak or almost non-existent insulation. If your home’s water seems to take forever to heat up or, worse, your home’s water no longer gets hot, this might be a sign that your hot water tank’s insulation has been affected. In these cases, insulating your tank with an insulating blanket, or replacing the tank, is advisable.
- Faulty or malfunctioning water heater element. If it seems like your water never gets hot, it might also be a result of a faulty water heater element.
In the case of corrosion and mineral build-up, you should drain your water tank, in order to prolong the life of your water heater.
Properly maintaining a hot water heater
While it is always recommended to properly maintain your water heater, the time between each maintenance varies depending on the number of people in your home. Typically, if there are more than three people in your home, you should check your water heater every four months, and drain your tank every six to eight months. As for professional service, time varies based on the make and model of your water heater.
Contact us, at Hydro-Flo, if you need your hot water tank repaired or replaced. Visit our website to learn more about the plumbing services we offer in Edmonton, or to learn more about our hot water tank installation.