Maintaining Your Water Heater
Posted on April 3rd, 2018
You might pay attention to most major appliances in the household.
The air conditioner or dishwasher, fridge, washer, and dryer get all the attention. The hot-water heater is commonly overlooked.
This hard-working device deserves some tender-loving care because its lifespan can be significantly extended as a result of your efforts. Explore the simple ways that you can maintain your water heater today.
Observe the System for Leaks
At no point should your heater leak. This scenario isn’t normal. Start out your maintenance plan by observing the tank for any water leaks. Check these areas, including:
• Pipe connections
• Beneath the tank’s base
If you find any leak, regardless of its severity, contact repair professionals. The solution might be as simple as re-soldering a pipe joint, but the problem can also be serious. A rusted-out tank must be replaced if a leak from the base is constantly puddling underneath the unit. Be sure to take a flashlight with you to double check underneath.
Examine the Pressure Valve
There’s a valve located on the very front of the tank. It’s often surrounded by bright colors to highlight its importance. If you feel comfortable with the process, verify that it works by performing these steps:
• Turn off the electricity and cold-water inlet connected to the tank
• Place a bucket under the valve to catch any water
• Release the pressure on the valve
You should hear a rush of air as the pressure releases from the valve. Some water might drip out of the valve too. This scenario is normal. Contact a professional to replace the valve if you don’t encounter these reactions by the tank.
Drain the Water
Add a garden hose to the tank’s spigot. Drain all of the water from the tank. Use a flashlight to gaze up into the water heate. It should have healthy, metal walls. If you notice rust, the professionals should take a closer look.
Contact a Professional
Working with professionals at least once a year is crucial to your water heater’s longevity. Our experts at Plumbing & A/C Medic will look over the tank and offer suggestions for its maintenance. Draining, sediment removal and other services are commonplace. We’ll replace the unit when it’s necessary, which leaves you with a solid warranty afterward.