A 6-Step Guide to Water Heater Maintenance
Most homeowners overlook the fact that there should be a routine habit of cleaning the water heater especially when it is used often. Don’t get me wrong, unused water heaters do not pertain that it is essentially less damaged than the more used one. In fact, these two have equal chances in getting damage. It all depends on the location, manner or usage and the quality of the appliance itself. If you look closely, we sometimes take things that are essential to us for granted. Just because they are working properly today does not mean that they will be working the same way tomorrow.
Water heaters give you warmth during the cold weathers by providing hot water. Going through the winter without a water heater is not a good idea and will likely lead to disaster and serious health issues. This is the main reason why you need to be on the lookout for any water heater issue.
As they say, prevention is better than cure. So, here are steps or tips you can do to keep your water heater in tiptop condition:
- Adjust the temperature.
Check the temperature of your water heater. Do not put it higher than what is necessary. Make sure that the temperature is around 120 degrees. This precautionary measure will help in preventing the water heater from overexerting itself that can cause the unit to develop damages. Also, take note that for every 10 degrees that you lower the temperature, you help lessen your energy consumption by 5 per cent. In theory, this step does not only keep your heating unit safe, it also keeps you from breaking the bank.
- Check the clearance.
Check your water heater’s clearance occasionally. Make sure that it has at least a 12-feet clearance from the neighbouring appliance or wall. Keeping the machine distanced will help you prevent damages caused by overheating of the mechanisms. The allowance it has around the body helps it regulate the temperature and keeps the machine cool.
- Drain the tank occasionally.
Make it a habit to drain out the contents if the tank at least 6 times in a year. You can also do this once a month just to be sure. This step will improve the shelf life of the unit and improve its quality of work.
Start by turning off the water supply. Proceed to attach a garden hose to the drain valve and pour everything in a bucket. The water can be used to water plants and cleaning out your property. When you have finally emptied the tank, clean it and start filling it back up with the garden hose still connected to drain the contents. When the water is clear, you can now close it up and resume water heater usage. If the water remains cloudy, open the water supply valve and crumble the deposits by stirring or cracking them so that they will be carried in the water towards the bucket.
- Test the temperature-pressure relief valve.
Remember to discharge this fixture at least three times in a year. Make sure that everything is in moderation, especially the temperature and pressure setting. Neglecting this step will certainly lead to leaking valves and cracked pipes.