The thing that most people fail to appreciate is that plumbing is not a one-time job. This does not necessarily have to be due to poor workmanship during installation or a fault in the equipment, but instead it is due to the fact that plumbing problems are inevitable especially where it comes to hot water systems.. In fact, a large percentage of the plumbing issues have to do with hot water systems.
In this article, we shall cover common hot water cylinder problems that Ross’s Plumbing Company has been assisting homeowners in solving. So, now that we have endorsed the work done by plumbers and especially the good work done by Ross’s Plumbing experts, what are the common hot water cylinder problems that the company can help you sort out? This article shall highlight some of the common problems that seem to be causing so much havoc at home.
What you probably didn’t know is that there really isn’t that much of a problem as long as you have the right plumbing company to come to your aid when you encounter plumbing issues. The solution to hot water cylinder problems mainly lies in the identification of the type of hot water system you have installed in your home. Some households will have a central heating system that utilizes water that has been heated in the boiler. Most of the homes though, will have a domestic hot water system that circulates and comes out of taps situated in various strategic places around the home.
Since hot water cylinder problems are unique and will depend on the type of installation, we shall break this discussion into various parts with each part addressing a unique problem. Let’s start off with the direct boiler system.
Direct Boiler System
In direct boiler systems, cold water is drawn into the bottom of the cylinder where it is heated. The hot water then rises to the top where it is set into circulation. The common problem with this hot water system is referred to as “kettling.” This is a term that is used to describe the limescale that accumulates at the bottom of the tank with time. The build-up of limescale tends to corrode the tank, cause leaks, or even restrict the flow of water.
The remedy for “kettling” is to use a descaling liquid that washes off the limescale.
Indirect Boiler System
Indirect systems use a coiled pipe that is heated by the boiler and in turn heats the water. Indirect boilers usually have two cylinders with the smaller one heating the water for the primary circuit. The main problem with this system is mainly due to a reduction in the water pressure level. The reduction in pressure level is due to the open vents at the top of the cylinder.
The remedy for this is the use of pumps to aid in the circulation of water.
Immersion heaters have always been used as a backup method of hot water cylinders. An electrical heating element is usually screwed at the bottom of the tank in order to heat the water. If the heater isn’t working properly, you might have to troubleshoot the heating element and possibly replace it.
As the name suggests, these are hot water systems that do not have vents openings at the top since they are directly connected to the mains water supply. Problems with unvented systems can be remedied by troubleshooting the breakers, controllers, residual current devices, and the fuse.
In conclusion, all the hot water cylinder problems highlighted above can be resolved at Ross’s Plumbing Company.