A hot water system is a technical piece of equipment, but getting it started is certainly one component that you can manage on your own. Firstly you need to know the differences between different types of hot water systems – i.e. gas, electric, or solar.
The first step you need to complete before turning it on is to make sure the hot water tank is full of clean water. To do this, first turn on the water supply using the cold water control valve, this is usually located at the bottom of the hot water heater. Turn this on by twisting the valve anti clockwise.
Firstly turn on a hot tap inside the house, turn the cold water supply on to the water heater, this allows fresh cold water to enter the system and flush out. You will know when the tank is full when the hot water tap you have turned on begins to flow with a stream of water (not air). Now you are able to turn the hot tap off.
If you have an electric hot water system, you will need to turn on the control switch or circuit breaker, this should be clearly marked Hot water or HWS, with an off/ on direction. If you are unable to find this, you can contact us for assistance.
Once you have turned the circuit breaker back on, the water in the tank should now begin to heat up. This will take a number of hours and the exact time will vary according to the size and heating element of your tank. (Large tanks are generally on an overnight off-peak power supply. This means they will not be hot until the next day.) Providing the power supply is 24 hour continuous, you can check that the tank is heating up by periodically turning on a hot water tap. The water coming from the tap should steadily become warmer and warmer.
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