Did you know that almost every appliance in your home should receive service from time to time? I know that this is often overlooked by the owners, but proper maintenance of their devices will not only increase their efficiency but also extend their useful life.
Water heaters, whether gas or electric, are no exception and require regular maintenance. In general, I tell clients that they should thoroughly check their water heaters at least once a year. It may sound uncomfortable, but if you think about buying a new water heater every few years, that’s a much better deal.
Now he will be wondering what exactly he is doing. What kind of things do you think about a water heater? Well, there are only a few points at the top of the list and I will share them below.
First, every year, you must empty and rinse the water tank, whether you deem it necessary or not. This does some things for you, it removes sediment and helps prevent corrosion by removing garbage in the tank. It can also prevent the formation of rust on internal parts and eat through the same tank.
Next, consider repairing and replacing any insulation where necessary. Your hot water tank should be wrapped in insulation and exposed pipes. If you notice that the insulation falls or falls, it must be replaced. The insulation helps to improve the efficiency of the device and reduces the workload of the heater by maintaining a more constant temperature.
You should also check your pressure relief valve to make sure it works properly. The boiler can reduce any overpressure through the relief valve. If the pressure does not decrease, it can cause internal damage and there are even reports that the tank could explode if the pressure increases too much.
That’s really all you need to know routinely. You can also check things like the temperature setting and maybe clean the tank a little to eliminate any contaminants that cause corrosion. These small maintenance items can save you hundreds of dollars and significantly extend the life of your water heater. Always make sure that the water heater power supply and the cold water supply are off before you start working on the device, even if it is a minor job.
Leakage is often the result of faulty temperature and pressure valves. If this is the case, a quick exchange is sufficient. If the valve is not the cause, it may mean that the combustion chamber of the tank is rusting or coming into contact. This often means that the water heater must be replaced.
The quality of the hot water produced by your water heater may be the problem. If there is no hot water, the pilot light may be off or the thermocouple must be replaced. Getting a new thermocouple or re-igniting the pilot will do the trick.
If the water does not get too hot, it is often the result of hot and cold water connections crossing. To verify this, turn off the water that is feeding the appliance and turn on the hot water tap. If you see that the water continues to flow, it means that the water from your other equipment flows into the water heater.
If these projects still overwhelm you, hire a certified plumber. They are often the best resource when problems have multiple causes. Remember: always study the correct codes and procedures before executing projects yourself.