How to Maintain Your Hot-Water Heater?

Your hot-water heater requires a touch of regular maintenance to run efficiently, effectively, and last longer. That’s because minerals and other sediment accumulate in water heaters, and this buildup means your hot-water heater has got to work harder to try to do its job. It can even cause the tank to rust. But with a couple of steps and tasks you'll help prevent these problems:

 

Adjust the thermostat to 120 degrees: At temperatures above this, even more, minerals settle and form deposits. So keep it within the zone. And once you decide to leave for a couple of days, change the thermostat on gas water heaters to a “vacation” setting, which maintains the pilot light without heating the water.

 

Flush the hot-water heater tank: this could be done once or twice annually. The first step is to turn off the power or gas source of the hot-water heater. Then, close the valve supplying cold water. Connect a hose to the drain valve. Open the recent handle of any faucet and safely drain the tank. Once the tank is empty, close the drain valve and take away the hose. Then, you ought to open the cold water system. Next, open the recent water faucets throughout your house one at a time, and wait until water flows out from them before restoring power to the heater.

 

Check the “sacrificial” anode rod: this is often an extended metal rod that draws corrosive minerals and removes them from the system. Look closely for damage – if it's too corroded, it cannot do its job. Replacing the rod is far cheaper than buying a replacement water heater! Newer heaters made with plastic versus metal lining might not have this rod.

 

Test the temperature and pressure relief valve: This valve is made to open automatically if pressure or the temperature inside the tank rises to dangerous levels. However, accumulation or corrosion of minerals may clog the valve. To observe the valve, close up the electricity or gas to the heater, and shut the cold water system valve. Lift the trip lever on the valve and observe whether water is discharged or not. If the valve doesn't release some water, meaning that it should get replaced.

 

Consider a softener or filtration system: Installing either of those won't only affect the standard of your home’s water, but it'll also increase the lifetime of your hot-water heater – making a multi-purpose, multi-benefit investment.

 

While your owner’s manual can step you thru all of those maintenance tasks for your hot-water heater, it's often best to rent a knowledgeable technician to handle annual maintenance needs and potential repairs. This may make sure the job is completed fully, safely, and properly. which your hot-water heater runs in tip-top shape all season, and year, long.

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