You might already be aware that there are different types of hot water systems. Because of their differences, you may find that they need different kinds of servicing and maintenance requirements. For some hot water systems, for example, instant hot water showerheads, DIY servicing is simple (ensuring the surfaces are clean and correctly using the system). However, for other hot water systems like hot water tanks, you might require the services of a technician to do the servicing on your behalf.
Hot water service ensures that your hot water system carries out its task effectively for the longest time possible. For this to happen, various servicing and maintenance activities have to be done:
Water Quality Test
A water quality test is done to check whether the water going through your hot water systems carries particular characteristics that can damage your hot water system components. An example of such water is hard water that deposits minerals in piping, faucets and your hot water tank. If such mineral deposits accumulate, pressure can build up, leading to damage. The solution is usually to install a water softener to soften the water before it gets into or through your piping and hot water system.
Inspection of Filters
Filters help filter out debris that can damage your hot water system. It is important to check whether they are too clogged to do their task effectively or whether they are already damaged. If they are, the solution is cleaning or replacing them.
During the use of your hot water system, you may have noticed something out of the ordinary, for example, a clunking, knocking or whistling noise from your hot water tank. Servicing also includes finding out where such noises are coming from and repairing the fault.
Cleaning The Hot Water Tank
Over time, heavy solids might sink to the bottom of your water tank and sit there; you need to empty your hot water tank regularly. This is done by closing the water intake valve and opening the drain valve. Let the water flow out; it might be dirty at first, but it gets clean after a while. When you notice the water flowing out is clean, close the drain valve and open the inlet valve. Your plumber should tell you how frequently you should clean the water tank.
From the above, you can tell that there are some things you can DIY, but others that require a professional's touch. You might be in a position to clean your hot water tank, but you might not be able to troubleshoot symptoms, inspect filters and perform water quality tests.
For further information, reach out to a local hot water servicing company.