How to Avoid Sudden Malfunctions in Hot Water Systems During the HolidaysNovember 3, 2019
After a long sound sleep from a cool breezy night, the very first thing that you want to do is to hop on a quick hot shower. By the time you went in, you then turned the shower knob and to your surprise, the water coming out is freezing cold. You asked yourself, “is it my hot water system?”
Well, it is. Sudden malfunction in hot water systems can be evident during the holidays since there are factors that affect the whole system such as the surrounding temperature, build-up of materials, and so on. For you to avoid such horrible experience, here are some ways to avoid sudden malfunctions in hot water systems during this holidays.
Get Rid of Sediment Build-up
Whatever the type of your hot water system, the water that it process can leave minerals to your system. Hard water, which contains high mineral content of calcium and magnesium, can gradually leave tons of sediments to your system after processing it continuously. The build-up of such sediments can result to the overheating of your hot water system, or worse, malfunctioning entirely.
In order to prevent this from happening, you should regularly flush out water from your hot water system every six months or every year. You can do this by attaching a garden hose to the drain valve of your system and let the water drain freely. Alternatively, you can also use a water softener to change the mineral properties of the water entering your system.
Regulate Use of Hot Water
Normally, a hot water system can simultaneously supply limited amount of water depending on its power and capacity. Some household disregard this limit, which results in sudden shut downs and overloading. There may be instances that the system would not shut down even if it’s been used beyond the limit, but they are unpredictable. You’ll never know when’s the next time your system would malfunction despite using it alone.
The best way to avoid sudden malfunctions of your hot water system is to reduce the amount of simultaneous usage. This can help the system perform its function without abusing its mechanisms. It can also help if you set an interval between showers so that your system can rest for a few minutes. If possible, you may upgrade to a higher capacity hot water system to meet the necessary hot water needs of your household.
Check the Air Supply
For tankless water heaters, error codes can be seen when the air supply or exhaust is blocked. Such blockage can affect combustion air or venting, and will result to system malfunction. Other than malfunctioning, the lack of adequate air supply for the system can risk your household’s safety as this can lead to serious danger such as fire and unforeseen damages.
To prevent such things from happening, you must always check the air supply of your hot water system. See to it that all vent pipes do not have any holes and are tightly connected to the system. If you find any objects that interfere the vents, remove them. You can also check your product manual for the best place for the system to be installed.
Now, your hot water system can be used effectively with the ways listed. If there are still problems, Abundant Hot Water can check and repair your system for a more enjoyable holiday.
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