How to Improve the Performance of Your Hot Water System

19 July 2016
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Having a hot shower is a great way to start your day, but if you water heater isn't running in an efficient manner, you may soon find yourself without any hot water. There are a number of steps that you can take in order to improve the performance of your water heater and to ensure it is functioning at the required level to meet your hot water needs. Below is a guide of things to check in order to ensure your water heater is in peak operating condition.


Insulating your hot water system will help to keep the water hot for an extended period of time. You should consider investing in a heater cover which is a great way of providing insulation for your hot water tank. However, you should check the guidance supplied by the manufacturer of the hot water unit to see if you can safely use a cover on the tank. Some tanks are not designed for covers and using one could present a hazard.


Over time, sediment can begin to build up on the bottom of your hot water tank. This sediment can impact the performance of the unit. If you hear a bubbling noise when your hot water tank is in operation, this is a tell-tale sign that sediment has begun to build up inside it. In order to remove the sediment, you will need to drain all of the water from the tank. To do this, turn off the water and power supply to the tank. Locate the drain value and attach a hose. Open the drain valve and allow the water in the tank to empty. You can then close the drain valve and allow the tank to refill with water before turning it back on.


Around once a year, you should have your hot water tank and system inspected and serviced by a fully qualified plumber, who will be able to replace or repair any broken parts and advise you on any steps you can take to keep your hot water system running well.

Having to constantly wait for your tank to refill and reheat water is a real pain which can cause disruption to your household. Therefore, if you have any concerns about your water heater or the hot water system in your home, you should contact a professional plumber who will be able to inspect the system and carry out any necessary work.