A reliable supply of hot water is something most homeowners take for granted until the water heater malfunctions or fails and causes havoc in their household. You can avoid this stressful scenario by following these water heater maintenance tips.
Follow the Manufacturer’s Recommendations
The owner’s manual includes specific upkeep instructions for your water heater, so be sure it check it before beginning any maintenance tasks.
Check the Temperature and Pressure (T&P) Relief Valve
Unless the manufacturer recommends otherwise, test the T&P valve twice a year to ensure it’s fully functional. The valve needs to open automatically to prevent an explosion if the tank pressure or water temperature rises too high.
Flush the Tank at the Same Time
Sediment forms naturally during the water heating process. If you don’t follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to flush the tank every six months, sediment can accumulate on the electric elements or gas burner and clog the water lines and drain. These deposits erode efficiency and can even cause premature failure.
Take Maintenance Safety Seriously
Some homeowners prefer to hire a professional to handle maintenance chores. If you plan to tackle them yourself, be sure to wear gloves, goggles and protective clothing to safeguard against burns and scalds.
Keep the Appliance’s Age in Mind
A well-maintained water heater has a life span of about 10 to 13 years. To avoid being left without hot water unexpectedly, make a note of the appliance’s installation date and start planning for a replacement when it starts getting up in age.
You can also take the following steps to lower your water heater’s energy consumption and keep your utility bills in check:
- Set the thermostat at 120 degrees and install sleeve insulation on the accessible hot water pipes.
- If your water heater is older, invest in an insulated tank blanket.
- Fix leaky plumbing fixtures promptly, and install low-flow faucets and shower heads.
- Choose an efficient Energy Star-rated model if you purchase a new clothes washer or dishwasher.
For expert help with water heater maintenance in your Indianapolis home, contact the pros at Mowery Heating, Cooling and Plumbing.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Brownsburg, Indiana and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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