A boiling water tap is a game-changer when it comes to performing household chores like cooking and cleaning. They are worth every penny, saving endless time and effort spent waiting for kettles or pans to boil. So, let’s say you’ve bought your Hanstrom boiling water tap, you’ve installed it in your kitchen and it works like a charm. You probably want to know how to maintain your boiling water tap, right? Read on to find out how.
Just like a regular tap, a boiling tap requires regular cleaning to look its best.
After you’ve used your tap, gently wipe off any food debris or liquids on the spout with a soft sponge or cloth. Run boiling water down the drain for 10 seconds or so to clear any debris that may have gone down the drain if you’ve just done your dishes, though you should check your pipes aren’t PVC first.
At least once a week, use a small dab of washing-up liquid (any brand will do), warm (not boiling) water and a non-abrasive sponge to lather and rinse off the spout. Follow this by buffing your tap with a microfibre cloth to leave it looking sparkling clean.
For a deeper clean, we recommend using a soft bristle toothbrush to get into the grooves of your tap and sink, including the base of the spout. It’s also a good time to test the controls on your boiler and the child-safe lever to check everything works as intended.
Top tip: Avoid using abrasive sponges, scourers or harsh chemicals, as they can damage the finish on your boiling water tap. This is particularly important for black taps.
Every Hanstrom boiling tap comes with a carbon water filter, designed to remove impurities from the water before it goes through your boiler. We highly recommend changing this every 6 months to lengthen the lifespan of your tap and boiler. If you do not change your filter every 6 months your warranty may be void in the case of related faults. You can buy a new filter below:
Checking for leaks
We recommend you check your in-cupboard boiler for leaks on a regular basis. If any are spotted, we recommend turning off your boiler immediately until you or a professional can identify the problem. If your boiler unit is leaking, we recommend replacing it.
Boiling tap temperature
Our taps come with a temperature-adjustable boiler, which will enable you to set the water temperature to between 75c and 98c. High temperatures will make fittings and pipework hot, be careful to use gloves or wait until they’ve cooled before handling any part of the piping. As the temperature is kept at a consistent level, the effect of different temperatures on energy consumption is minimal.
We recommend leaving your boiler on overnight as it will consume more energy to reheat the tank every day than to maintain the tank at a consistent temperature. If you won’t use the tap for longer than 5-7 days, you can turn the tank off to save power using the ON/OFF switch.
It’s important that the tank is not exposed to freezing temperatures. If there is a risk of this (for example, in a holiday home), we highly recommend draining and disconnecting your boiler.
Should I turn my boiling water tap off at night?
This isn’t necessary as doing so would consume more energy reheating your boiler every morning than it would by simply leaving it on overnight.
Do hot water taps need servicing?
Professional servicing by an electrician or plumber is usually not needed, so long as you regularly clean, maintain and test your tap. Our installation guide covers many of the frequently asked questions when it comes to pipework and installation. The Hanstrom experts are always at hand to offer help if you need it; get in touch to speak with one.
Do boiling water taps get limescale?
A functioning carbon filter should reduce the amount of limescale drastically, which is why we recommend replacing yours every 6 months, particularly if you live in an area with hard water.