Tips on How to Maintain your Water Heater

Tips on How to Maintain your Water Heater
June 29, 2011 Lorelie

Most people rely on a water heater each day. Due to the fact that they are normally installed in the basement or garage, many of us simply ignore it until we experience problems about not having any hot water or we find out that water is leaking on the floor.  If given the proper care and maintenance, most water heaters can last for a very long time. By extending the lifespan of your water heater, you also save money because you do not need to buy a new one.

Below are three tips on how to keep your water heater tank at its peak condition. The tips you will learn takes only about 5 minutes to do and is very easy to accomplish. You will be doing three steps:

1. Change the temperature – There is a dial at the front part of the water heater tank. It can be in the form of a knob on the gas valve or a thermostat on an electric heater. Change the settings to around 60 degrees. If you want to keep your water a bit hotter than this temperature setting, then you are wasting valuable energy and it may also result to overheating your tank. As a safety measure, your water heater will tend to add cold water to the hot water if the temperature becomes very high.

2. Test the relief valve for pressure and temperature – The valve is very important to the proper operation of your water heater and it is also a safety feature to water heaters. To test the valve, raise the lever half way, let it go and then let it snap back into place. Listen for a gurgling or gushing sound. This means the valve is letting water to be released into the drain tube. If you do not happen to hear anything at all, it means that the valve is bad or there is something wrong with it and it needs to be replaced.

3. Flush sediments from the bottom of the tank – This will help avoid corrosion and rust from accumulating and building up inside the tank. It is advised that you do a full flush. However, that means you must shut down your storage tank and drain all the water inside it. You can also do a smaller flush or mini flush while the water heater is running. There is a drain valve at the bottom of the tank. You can choose to hook up a hose and put a bucket under the valve or put it outside. Turn the handle in a counter clockwise direction. The hot water will start draining from the tank. When you have managed to drain a few gallons, turn the handle clockwise to stop it from draining.

The tips above are very simple ones and anyone can do it. Just keep in mind that when you are going to drain water, expect the water heater to be hot. Ensure that there are no children around you when you perform this and be very careful so that you will not get accidentally burned.

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