When most people hear the word water heater expansion tanks, they have no idea what it means, what it is, or what it does. The few people who do know it, probably think of it as that little tank that sits above the water heater. If they have one that is. They won’t really understand what it does nor how important it is to have with today’s codes and developments. That’s where Ace Hi Plumbing can help out. In addition to the variety of plumbing and HVAC services we offer in the Northern Colorado area, our team is committed to providing sound and reliable plumbing information and advice. So keep reading to learn more about a water heater expansion tank.

What Does a Water Heater Expansion Tank Do?

When water heats up inside the water heater it will expand thus creating more pressure inside the unit. In the past when that pressure needed to be released it would make its way back into the city supply line where it came from. Today, cities require that check valves and other mechanisms prevent this from happening, in order to limit the effects of individuals’ residences on the larger municipal water system. So expansion tanks have been used more often than not to deal with this pressure issue. Essentially when the water expands inside the main water tank it will make its way into the expansion tank thus relieving the pressure off of the water heater itself. Too much pressure obviously means the water heater can fail and leak all over the place. Most cities in the United States require these tanks and if they don’t we put them on anyway.

Water Heater Expansion Tank Services from Ace Hi Plumbing

These expansion tanks may seem expensive for what they are but trust us; they save a lot more money than having to redo your basement or fix other leaks that may pop up from this excessive pressure buildup. And with our team of highly experienced plumbing and HVAC experts at Ace Hi Plumbing, we would be glad to help you install one, or decide if you need one, or help pick out the right one. Whatever your water heater expansion tank needs are, Ace Hi Plumbing is here to meet them. Give us a call today if you start experiencing issues with your water heater or high water pressure. Our team will be glad to help you.