Is it ok to close an open-top water tank of electric heater?

Postby Linnda » Tue Jun 14, 2011 12:24 pm


Would it be safe to put something (perhaps a a piece of wood?) on top of the water tank of an electric immersion water heater? It is making a lot of noise (not only the splashing water) and I'm sure it's disturbing the neighbours as it's quite loud. It also had gathered a lot of dirt at the top and looked like nobody had cleaned it for many years. So I though covering it would prevent the future dirt from going into the water as well. So is the open-top design necessery for the tank to operate safely or could it be closed up with something? Any advice would be appreciated,
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Postby collectors » Wed Jun 15, 2011 7:35 am

Would need a bit more info. It sounds like you are talking about a split hot/cold water tank commonly used in flats. If this is the case it wouldn't be a problem to cover the top of the tank with possibly a shelf that was removable for maintenance.
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Postby Linnda » Wed Jun 15, 2011 2:30 pm

Ho, yes that sounds like it, the top department is for cold water, it is about 30cm deep and water flow is regulated by the ball (like in the toilet). I can't really see much of the rest of the tank beacuse it's in a corner and behind a piece of wood. Thanks for your help,

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Postby chris_on_tour2002 » Sat Jun 18, 2011 7:43 am

then yes it will be fine to cover, in fact it ought to be. you might want to clean it out first.
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Postby Linnda » Tue Jun 21, 2011 10:06 am

Thanks a lot for your advice, I've got soem peace of mind now :)
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