Drain and Flush the Hot Water Tank
In order to obtain clean water from the tank and protect the tank from serious issues, you must drain and flush the hot water tank annually. Draining the tank removes sediment buildups, rusted layers on metal components, and floating impurities in the water tank. Attach a garden hose to the drain valve and open it to drain the tank. Turn on the cold water supply and flush the tank for about 10-minutes.
Maintain the Right Temperature
Lowering the temperature setting and maintaining the right temperature can protect the tank from overheating and will also reduce the energy used to heat water. The ideal temperature to be maintained is between 48-55°C. Locate the temperature setting dial on the thermostat and adjust the dial.
Replace the Sacrificial Anode Rod
The magnesium or aluminum sacrificial anode rod prevents oxidization inside the tank. It prevents the tank from getting corroded. If the rod is entirely used up, it can fail to safeguard the tank and this can result in rusting of the tank. If rusting increases, the tank can develop holes and cracks and start leaking. In extreme cases, the tank can even burst.
Check the Components Regularly
For complete hot water tank maintenance, you must ensure that all components are efficient and in good working condition. Check the anode rod, temperature-pressure relief valve, heating elements, drain valve, thermostat, and all the other components every 5-6 months. Check if they function properly and smoothly, and replace them if needed.
Insulate the Tank
Insulating a hot water tank prevents overheating and bursting of the tank. It also saves the heating costs as insulating prevents the heat loss. Wrap an insulating jacket or a blanket around the tank without covering the drain valve and water inlets and outlets to maintain your tank for a longer period.
Reduce the Hot Water use whenever Possible
Using less hot water and using cold water whenever possible can put less strain on the hot water tank and extend the efficiency of the tank. You can wash clothes and utensils with cold water, use cold water for gardening and landscaping.
A regular hot water tank maintenance can easily extend the life of your heating system and reduce energy costs. If you need assistance in maintaining your tank or wish to conduct a professional inspection, you can consider our Edmonton hot water tanks professionals. We specialize in all kinds of installation, repair, and maintenance services of various hot water tanks.