4 Ways To Maintain A Water Heater

8 Aug

Maintaining your water heater can help save you money on heating costs, lengthen the lifespan of the tank and prevent pricey repair expenses in the future that result from neglect.

Maintain Your Water Heater

Calcium in the water supply can build up and settle at the bottom of the tank, making it difficult for the heat source to heat up the water. This causes problems with the floor of the tank, clogs water lines and reduces efficiency. To solve this problem, you’ll need to perform regular draining and maintenance using the 5 steps below.

Before getting started, ensure you’re wearing protective eyewear and gloves.

  1. Check TPR Valve and anode rodThe TPR valve helps to regulate the temperature and pressure of your water heater. There are many reasons your tank could experience water pressure. Whether it’s maintenance work on city service mains, or a lack of city residents using water during a particular time span or a faulty heating source. To check the TPR valve, turn off the power and cold-water supply valve. Using a bucket to collect water under the valve, lift the tab and let some water out. If water continues to come out, drain the tank half way and install a new valve.

    An anode rod will prevent your tank from rusting. Place a hose in the tank’s drain cock and filter out several gallons of water. Using a 1/16-inch socket, remove the rod. If the rod is covered with calcium or less than ½ thick, it’s time for a replacement.

  2. Flush out tank and clean filtersIt’s recommended to flush out your tank every six months to increase efficiency and reduce clogging. Using a garden hose, drain water from the outlet at the bottom of the tank. Place the other end of the hose into a bucket. Open the drain briefly to let cold water enter and drain out the calcium in the tank. Continue until the water is clear.

    As well, if your tank has any filters, check to see if they need some cleaning. Sometimes vacuuming is an effective method for this.

  3. Adjust temperatureFor a gas water heater, adjust the thermostat on the tank. For an electric water heater, turn off the power and change the thermostat temperature by 10 degrees using a screwdriver. Turn the power back on and check the water temperature in an hour, adjusting again if needed.
  4. Insulate pipes and heaterYou’ll only need to do this once over the lifespan of your tank, and you could save big in energy costs. Using thick foam insulation, cover the hot and cold water pipes. For the heater, cover the pipes, TPR valve and temperature control with an insulating blanket, without covering the top of the heater.

Keeping these tips in mind will ensure your water heater lasts longer, is more efficient and saves you money.

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