Your home’s pressure tank is tasked with the vital job of storing and pressurizing water to build up reserves and extend the life of your water pump. If you have an upcoming pressure tank installation scheduled, there’s some fundamental information you should understand about its functions and maintenance.
Here’s what you’ll want to know ahead of your pressure tank installation:
- Pressure tank basics: Your pressure tank compresses air in order to pressurize its water contents to a preset level. As water is used and exits the tank, the pressure in the tank lowers. When it reaches a certain level, the pump turns on again. In order to power most appliances and fixtures, the tank must maintain a pressure of at least 10 psi, though appliances with more demand, like dishwashers and laundry machines, require a higher psi of around 30 or more.
- Maintaining and prolonging use: Following your pressure tank installation, you can expect it to last around 10 to 25 years on average. To extend the lifetime of your pressure tank, there are some measures you can take, including installing a constant pressure valve, adjusting or replacing the pressure gauge, or replacing the water filter. Installing an air volume control system or adding a new filtration system can also keep your pressure tank running for longer.
- When to replace: If you notice your pressure tank cycling on and off or begin to see sediment coming from your faucets, this could be a sign that your pressure tank is in need of repair or replacement. Lowered water pressure can also be an indication that your pressure tank is not working properly and may be due for a checkup by your pump service company.