If you hear some unusual rumbling noise while using your water heater, this may be due to the scale buildup inside the water heater tank or on its elements. The scale buildups are generally the deposits of calcium or magnesium. This buildup looks like white particles or like paper pieces. These deposits can harm the efficiency of your water heater. These scale deposits can be removed easily. Find out how you can prevent the scale buildup in future and remove the deposits that are already present.
Drain and Flush the Water Heater Tank
Flushing the water heater tanks help in removing the floating mineral particles and debris. Draining and flushing the tank is extremely easy and should be done twice a year. Shut off the cold water supply to the tank and turn off the electric supply or gas supply to the water heater. Now, connect a garden hose to the drain valve and drain the entire tank. Turn on the cold water supply and flush the tank for several minutes. Continue doing this till you obtain clear water from the tank. Disconnect the hose from the drain valve and turn on the gas or electric supply.
Maintain Correct Temperature
Heat is one of the main reasons of scale buildup. The hotter the water is, the more calcium, magnesium, and other minerals come out of the hard water and form sediment deposits in your hot water heater. So, if your thermostat is set at a higher value, it will worsen the issue. Hence, turn off the electric or gas supply, set the temperature dial, and maintain the temperature at 120°F to reduce the chances of scale buildup inside the tank.
Vinegar is a weak acid and is known as an easy cleaning chemical for the kitchen. Just like clearing kitchen stains, vinegar breaks the scale buildup in your water heater tank. All you have to do is drain the heater tank, close the drain valve, and pour gallons of cider vinegar. Let it sit inside the tank for at least 6 hours and then drain it from the drain valve. Now, flush the tank with cold water till clear water comes out. Once you are done, close the valve and restart the gas or electricity supply.
Install Water Softener
A water softener system removes the ions of minerals like calcium and magnesium from the water. Installing this system will prevent scale buildup not only in the hot water tank but also in other appliances and plumbing system. This way you can expect clear pipes, faucets, appliances, and water heater.
Get in touch with Hot Water Tanks Edmonton to get more information about scale buildup and get professional assistance to prevent it in the future. Our professional water heater installers can help you with all your water heater and plumbing issues.
Steam, if allowed to build pressure, can become a powerful force. A lot of heat and pressure inside hot water tanks can cause the water heater to blast. These blasts are dangerous for the house as well as for the people living in it. A temperature-pressure relief valve is used on water heaters to relieve the pressure. In normal cases, the valve should maintain a pressure level of 150 psi and no water should be discharged from the valve. But, if it fails in either of these, the relief valve surely needs repairing.
Repairing the temperature-pressure relief valve generally means replacing it. Here is a step-by-step method of replacing the temperature-pressure relief valve of your water heater.
Though the entire process of replacing a temperature-pressure relief valve is an easy task, you might need help from a professional for various other tasks. Hot Water Tanks Edmonton provide professionals that are skilled in all the water heater related issues. So, it is better to consult a person with an in-depth knowledge and experience before experimenting anything on your water heater.