Water heater maintenance increases the efficiency and longevity of the unit. It will also prevent unexpected costly repairs and replacements of parts or units. There are easy and budget-friendly ways to keep up with water heater maintenance. Some of these are so simple that even you or your household members can do. Moreover, regular maintenance must be done professionally to ensure that everything is running smoothly. Here are some of the most important things that you should know and understand about water heater maintenance:
Inspection Checklist of Water Heater Maintenance
When you look over your water heater, this inspection checklist will be a big help. If you don’t feel confident doing it yourself, do not hesitate to call a professional technician.
· Pressure Relief Valve
It is important to always check the pressure relief valve to ensure that the water is flowing when the tab is lifted, and that the flow stops when the tab is down. If this is not how the valve is running, something is probably wrong and needs immediate repair.
· Accumulated Sediments
Accumulated sediment is bad for your water tank and may put your water heater at risk if not flushed out or removed immediately. The flushing out of sediments should be done at least twice a year. It is a simple maintenance job, but expect it to be a messy one if you are not used to it.
· Anode Rod
Testing the anode rod from time to time ensures that the water tank will not leak. It can be done by simply draining the water and loosening the hex head. Once done, you can check the coating of the rod. However, this task should be done with the right set of tools for safety measures.
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It is important to check the temperature settings of the water heater, not only to get hot water when needed, but also to save on energy.
· Hot – 120°F
This is the recommended temperature setting for most households, especially for those with young children and elderly in the home.
· A – 130°F
This temperature setting is suitable for households with a dishwasher too.
· B – 140°F
At this temperature setting, there will be too much energy being wasted due to standby heat. You will need to lower the temperature while not in use.
· C – 150°F
It can be dangerous if the water is set at this high temperature. On the other hand, turning the temperature down may not be good for the unit.
· Very Hot – 160°F
If the temperature is set here, it may lead to overheating.
If you think the temperature is not correctly set, do not hesitate to call a technician or a plumber. A little maintenance every now and then can make the water heater’s life expectancy longer. Aside from that, regular water heater maintenance will prevent unexpected malfunctions that may require extensive repairs or replacements. If you have a home warranty , this is probably the best time to call for the repairman and get the services you paid for.
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