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What does a potable water expansion tank do?

The expansion tank is designed to handle the thermal expansion of water as it heats up in the water heater, preventing excessive water pressure. If water pressure gets to high it can damage valves in plumbing fixtures, joints in supply pipes and the water heater itself.

Is an expansion tank necessary?

An expansion tank is always highly recommended if you have a ‘closed-loop system’ caused by any kind of check valve or pressure regulating valve installed on your house’s water supply line. A common illustration compares having high water pressure in your home to having high blood pressure.

How does a water expansion tank work?


Systems will need an expansion tank to contain the water as it expands when it heats up when the system is first filled with cold water from your supply line the pre-charge pressure of the expansion

Do I need an expansion tank on my water line?

If your home has a “closed” plumbing system, then yes, you’ll need an expansion tank. You see, homes have either an open or a closed plumbing system. A closed plumbing system prevents water from flowing in the reverse direction (i.e., water won’t flow back into city lines once it enters your home’s pipes).

Where do you put a potable expansion tank?

And we're just gonna be mounting it right here right after the shutoff valve which you can see right there all about on the wall into the studs somewhere.

What is the difference between an expansion tank and a pressure tank?

The biggest difference between pressure tanks and expansion tanks is in where they’re used. Expansion tanks are installed above a water heater and help to protect it when hot water expands. Pressure tanks are installed near your well pump and help to protect and extend its lifespan.

How much does an expansion tank cost?

$40 to $200

The cost of an expansion tank ranges from $40 to $200. Most newer expansion tanks are bladder or diaphragm type tanks, with a rubber bladder that expands and keeps water separate from the main tank. Older tanks are often plain steel, with no bladder.

How do I know if my expansion tank is working?

Finally, testing your Thermal Expansion Tank is important and should be tested once a year when you flush your water heater. If your Thermal Expansion Tank is hanging from a pipe, you would push the Schrader Valve (air valve), located on the bottom of the tank, if the air is released then the tank is working properly.

What happens when an expansion tank fails?

Oftenthe diaphragm dividing the two systems will fail, causing the two systems to become one. When this happens, the expansion tank turns into a “dead leg” that will eventually cause damage and premature failure to your water heater.

How long does a water expansion tank last?

5-7 years

The expansion tank pressure must be equal to your water pressure or it will fail quickly. One of the biggest drawbacks to thermal expansion tanks is that they usually don’t last as long as the water heater they are designed to protect. A typical lifespan for a thermal expansion tank is 5-7 years.

Can expansion tank cause low water pressure?

To reduce pollution, most plumbing systems are now “closed.” Today, when cold water in your water heater is heated and expands, it dramatically increases the pressure in your home’s pipes which can damage your home’s plumbing system. Thermal expansion happens in your car, too.

What pressure should my expansion tank be set at?

The recommended water pressure is between 50 and 60 PSI. Thermal Expansion Tanks contain an air bladder which is pressurized with air, and expands and contracts to absorb the expanded water from the water heater. needed. Check the air pressure in the Expansion Tank using a tire gauge.

Does expansion tank go on hot or cold?

If using a tank for hot water expansion it can be on the cold feed line, but must be after any check valve. If there’s no check valve, it can be anywhere on the cold side.

What size expansion tank do I need?

As a general rule, the bigger the water heater, the bigger the expansion tank. For a 50-gallon water heater, you require a 2-gallon expansion tank. Depending on how high your water pressure is, however, you may need to go up a size to a 4.5-gallon expansion tank.

Is it code to have an expansion tank on water heater?

California Plumbing Code Section 608.3 requires an expansion tank to be installed on the water heater when it is a closed system. A closed system is one that has a check valve, or backflow prevention device.

Can you install expansion tank upside down?

Expansion tanks can be installed in any direction. Whether oriented uprightly, horizontally, or even upside down, the expansion tank will function properly without any adverse effects.

How do you pressurize an expansion tank?

Open the drain or open the valve. And read the pressure on the gauge. Once the pressure is determined in this case let's assume it's 55 psi.

Does the orientation of pressure tank matter?

Typically, the tank is only required to be supported when installed in the horizontal position. Most smaller tanks are designed to be supported by the plumbing, when installed in the vertical orientation. The most common recommendation seems to be, to install the tank vertically below the plumbing.

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