Hot Water Tank Maintenance

Did you know that your Hot Water Tank requires regular maintenance?

After all Hot Water Tank floods are one of the three major causes of floods in homes (the other two being sewer and laundry).

Your Tank should be serviced by a professional plumber every two years. It is also best to hire a professional plumber when it comes to replacing major parts or installing a new Hot Water Tank. But there are a few things you can check yourself, one you have checked your manual of course.

Visual Examination of your Hot Water Tank

Once a year you should check for water leaks, either at plumbing joints or coming from the tank itself. Inspect all the hose connections and joints on your Tank and check that you are not seeing any excessive or unusual corrosion. Turn on a nearby hot water tap and listen for unusual sounds (especially hammering or crackling) that might indicate a more serious water heater problem that requires a professional. If you discover any of these things it is best to call a professional plumber in to access it.

Your Hot Water Tank should also maintain a proper water temperature. It should not be set below 55°C because you could risk developing harmful bacteria in your water system.

You should also smell around your Hot Water Tank for any gas leaks, if the tank is gas powered and always make sure there are no flammable materials near the area of combustion.

Life Span of your Tank

You should know the age of your Hot Water Tank. A Hot Water Tank has a general life span of ten years. If you are getting more than ten years out of your tank you are doing well but you should do a visual inspection of it more than once a year to be certain it is still working for you. A good rule of thumb is to write the year your tank was installed right on the Hot Water Tank for reference.

 

If you are unsure of anything our plumbers are fully licensed and available to help you. We have been helping residents with plumbing, heating and drain services since 2002.

We know Hot Water Tanks. Gas Hot Water Tanks. Electric Hot Water Tanks. Tankless Water Heaters. If it has anything to do with repairing your current hot water tank or installing a new one, we can do it.

Call us now in Medicine Hat at 403-528-3148 or request your appointment online.