Maintaining your solar hot water system or heat pump in Perth
6 Monthly DIY Check
Help to prolong the life of your Safety Valves by following these simple checks every 6 months.
We recommend doing this in a morning during the week (business day).
This will cover you if there are any issues. We can then assist you over the phone. Worst case scenario & if needed, we still potentially can arrange a plumber round on the same day.
If these Safety Valves are not letting water through, leak or do not close properly, then they should be replaced. We can arrange this service!
Important note: The cold relief valve on the incoming valves, known as the expansion control valve, is designed to drip a small amount of water when the system is heating up. This is normal and doesn’t require any action.
Tank on Ground
Check around the system for leaks, any concerns please email us a picture.
To ensure the proper functioning of both relief valves, follow these steps one at a time:
- Start with the relief valve at the top of the tank.
- Pull the lever horizontally to open the valve.
- Keep the lever open for 5 seconds, allowing water to gush out to clear any obstructions in the mechanism. Be cautious not to stand too close to the valve exit to avoid potential splashing, especially if the water is steaming hot.
- After the 5 seconds, return the lever on the valve to its vertical position.
- You should notice that the water gradually stops coming out of the relief line.
- Repeat these steps for the bottom relief valve, although note only cold water will exit this valve.
Tank on Roof
- Start with the cold relief valve on the side of the house.
Pull the lever horizontally to open the valve.
Keep the lever open for 5 seconds, allowing water to gush out to clear any obstructions in the mechanism.
After the 5 seconds, return the lever on the valve to its vertical position.
You should notice that the water gradually stops coming out of the relief line.
6. If you feel competent getting on your roof, then check over your system and test the hot relief valve. Follow the same process as above. However the water should exit at ground level, but it you touch your hand on the relief pipe you should feel it rapidly get hot if the mechanism is working as you lift the lever.
If any of the safety relief valves doesn’t release water or fails to close properly, please send us an email to arrange a service call.
Anode Change – Essential Periodic Maintenance
All glass lined or vitreous enamel tanks have an anode.
The anode is a thick rod that sits down the length of the tank and sacrifices itself over time to prevent corrosion.
Just like oil in a car, this anode will need changing periodically (3-7 years depending on system/use).
Our service teams can arrange this to protect the life of your system.
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