Imagine a situation where your hot water system breaks down. This problem can only be enjoyed by people who like cold shower. For other people who cannot adjust in the situation, the first thought that comes to mind is to get a hot water system as soon as possible. There is probably no time to research the options and other possible solutions to the problem. However, the article compiles some tips to give you all the necessary information so that you can make an informed choice in less time.
Brief introduction of hot water system
A hot water system, as the name suggests, is a system that heats the water for you for various purposes. The distinction among the various options is based on the type of energy they require to heat the water and the type of storage tank used. The modern heaters are powered by electric, gas (both natural gas ad LPG), solar panels and heat exchange pumps. All these units have their own advantages and disadvantages. The classification of storage involves two types – continuous flow and tank storage. The tank storage holds the heated water in an insulated tank from which it is distributed all over the house. The continuous type involves heating the exact amount of water required by the user, which later is delivered through the faucet.
Benefits of hot water system
If you are afraid of cold water or if you live in cold regions then it is significant to have a continuous supply of hot water. And the hot water systems can be a great friend in such a case.
- Clean water: The water you get from the heating system will be free from rust and other particles. In addition to this, hot water will even prevent the growth of bacteria and will keep you safe.
- Low cost: Neither the energy is wasted nor heat is lost hence you do not have to pay anything extra.
Maintenance of the hot water system
Every system requires maintenance which usually involves some key pieces of its design. There are two prime aspects which must be noticed while repairing a hot water system. They are:
- Sacrificial anode: This is a piece of metal rod usually made out of aluminum or magnesium and coated with zinc. This rod attracts the anions and cations in the water towards it. This prevents the damage caused by ions to the linings of the wall.
- Valves: There are two sets of valves present in any hot water system – the pressure reducing valve and the temperature and pressure relief (TPR) valve. These two have very important functions. The pressure reducing valve obstructs the flow of excess water through the inlet of the water heater. The TPR valve releases the excess temperature and pressure of the heating water.
Here are some tips related to repair of hot water system:
- Replace the sacrificial anode once in every five years or the time limit specified by the manufacturer. Failure to ensure this can cause grave damage to the lining of the heater. The ions will precipitate on the lining of the tank instead of the sacrificial anode, causing the tank to rust.
- Replace the TPR valve as specified by the manufacturer. If you do not have any information regarding that then it’s safe to change it every 6 to 7 months. It can be checked for its condition by applying these instructions. Be sure to stay far away from the valve andoperating by the means of a rod, as opening it and throw up hot water and steam.
Here are some more tips to remember:
- Check for any obstruction in the valve. Replace if you find any.
- Gently try to lift the handle of the valve. The obstruction will prevent it to be opened.
- Hot water should flow if handle is opened. Try closing the valve. The flow should stop. If in case the flow doesn’t stop after closing, try changing the valve as it can be unreliable.
All these tasks must be performed by trained and qualified technician. The expenses involved in hiring a technician will be minimal if put against the cost of replacing the entire system due to faulty workmanship. These tips will help to guide you through tough times when you have a broken water heater.