We often don’t spend as much time understanding how to maintain water heaters. It needs to be maintained regularly and given the same priority as our standard home repairs. If they are not properly maintained, even the best water heater systems have a chance of failing early on. The time and effort spent will determine the lifespan of a water heater.
You’ll need to hire experts to provide your system with the best maintenance routine. Between routine professional maintenance visits, you can do a few things at home to keep it in top condition. A few simple maintenance procedures carried out a few times a year can significantly increase the lifespan and efficiency of your water heater.
You can tremendously prolong the lifespan of your water heater and prevent problems that might arise over time by performing the straightforward water heater maintenance tasks listed below.
During routine checks, inspect your water heater for any leaking or damage. Look for cracks in the body or evidence of water leaks at the joints. Fix any leaks you find immediately, as even small ones can cause flooding in your basement and harm nearby valuables. If the tank cracks and you cannot fix it immediately, the water heater may need to be changed.
Inspect The Pressure Valve
Your water heater has a built-in safety valve called a temperature & pressure-relief valve. It automatically releases pressure inside the tank when it builds up too much to avoid an outburst. You always want to ensure that this crucial aspect of the water heater is operating correctly.
For the valve to operate at its best, check it frequently each year. To complete this task, shut off the gas or electricity to your appliance and repeatedly open and close the valve. Keep an eye on the drainpipe’s water flow because a properly working valve will release water when it is opened.
Flush The Water Heater
Once every twelve months, your water heater should be drained to flush out the sediment that may have accumulated. If sediment builds up in the tank, it can significantly reduce the efficiency of your water heater and raise your energy costs.
Checking Of Anode Rod
The anode is a long metal rod installed in the water heater to stop the water heater tank from rusting. It attracts all corrosion before it affects the tank’s steel. The problem is that the steel tank may start to deteriorate and sustain irreparable damage once the anode rod is fully corroded, so check it occasionally.
Although these suggestions are pretty simple, a casual observer may find them challenging. Request an appointment with Miller Plumbing immediately if you think your water heater requires maintenance, repairs, or replacement!