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Hot Water System Maintenance Guide: Tips To Keep Your Water Heater Away From Problems

After you have successfully bought an electric hot water system, it is now time to learn the best precautions to ensure your water heater stays in good condition for a long period of time. These steps will not only prolong the life of your hot water system but will also help you save money over the long-term.

After you have successfully bought an electric hot water system, it is now time to learn the best precautions to ensure your water heater stays in good condition for a long period of time. These steps will not only prolong the life of your hot water system but will also help you save money over the long-term.

 

1. Avoid using Hard Water

Hard water can cause scale to form if it is being supplied to your hot water system. The high levels of minerals and salts in the water will stick to the heater’s internal parts and create scale. This is a white-coloured, chalk-like substance. Scaling can cause a variety of problems in your system, from decreased efficiency to total failure.

 

The heating element is the most crucial component of a water heater. It heats the water by converting electricity into heat. Scale buildup on it can slow down heat transfer from the heating element to water. Your system will therefore take longer to heat the water and use more electricity.

The thermostat is another crucial component in an electric water heater. The thermostat turns on the heating element when the temperature inside the tank falls below a set point. Failure of the thermostat can be caused by scale buildup. This means that the thermostat cannot activate the heating element and renders your heating system inoperable. You can do DIY for cleaning your tank , but it’s a better idea to call a plumber for a hot water heater as they know all the intricacies.

 

2. Do Not Run the Water Heater with an empty tank

The water in an overhead tank can run out and people don’t notice it until they turn on the water tap and find no water. If that happens, you will still be able to get water if the geyser has water storage. What happens if the water heater tank is empty?

The components inside a hot water system(especially the heating element) are designed to work in water. If your system is left running for too long without water in its tank, the thermostat and heating element could become damaged and stop working and could even blast leading to the expensive process of hot water system replacement.

To avoid any damage to your hot water system, ensure that water is available in the overhead tank when you turn on the water heater.

3. Don’t Keep Geyser Turned On For A Very Long Time

Most people leave their water heater on for an extended period of time. It is most likely that people forget to shut off their heater when they’re done with it. Another reason is that the water heater must be run until everyone has finished using it.

The water heater being left on for too long could lead to increased electricity bills and cause the system to overheat, which can lead it to break down. A smart plug can be purchased to automatically shut off the heating system if the user forgets.

Here’s a quick tip to reduce stress in your water heater if it is being used by many people. Ask your family members to turn the water heater off as soon as they get out of the toilet. You can always turn it on again by the next person who enters. A little bit of downtime can make your heating system more efficient in the long-term.

4.Check Geyser And Valves For Water Leakages Regularly

Four water connectors are required for hot water system installation. These include a set to connect the water system to the bathroom wall’s plumbing system and a set to connect the geyser. If any of these connectors is not properly installed, water can leak from the geyser. These connectors could corrode due to age or hard water, and cause a water leak.

You should inspect all water connectors in your hot water system every now and again to avoid any potential problems. To make sure that you don’t forget the task, you can set up a reminder on your phone to check the geyser for leakages.

5. Make Sure That Water Doesn’t Enter The Power Outlet Socket

A power outlet for powering up hot water systems is usually placed high on the wall. This is because water heaters are often installed near the bathroom’s roof. The power outlet socket should be easily reachable by the geyser’s power cord. Another reason to install the power outlet high up on the wall is to protect it from water splashes. The power outlet socket is protected from any water splashing in the bathroom.

People spray water on bathroom walls/tiles when they clean them. It is possible for the water to get into the power socket and cause the electrical system or geyser short-circuit. This could pose a serious safety hazard. When you clean your bathroom, don’t spray water on the sockets of the geyser’s power outlets. Ensure that you also turn off the power source for your water heater when you clean the bathroom.

Conclusion

Next time, ensure that the water temperature is set to what you find comfortable. This will make it easier on the environment and your wallet. You can experiment with the dial to find the best temperature setting for your geyser.