When it comes to the hot water in the home, most residents pay no mind until something goes awry. Losing your hot water mid-shower can be a very rude awakening for people who take their water heater for granted. This large appliance tends to dwell in laundry rooms and crawlspaces, working quietly with relatively no need for upkeep. However, the nature of water and corrosion dictate a need for regular checks and services to keep everything up to full speed. These actions are done semi-regularly to help protect against leaks and efficiency losses. AEMS Services is proud to have provided the best plumbing services to New Jersey residents for the past four decades. Our cost-effective approach and expert knowledge makes our team a top choice for residential plumbing repairs. AEMS is certified to take on all makes and models of water heaters to provide you with a comprehensive service plan.
In today’s blog, we’ll focus on a few do-it-yourself tips that can be helpful for keeping your water heater in optimal condition. While these ideas are helpful, they are by no means comprehensive. Consult with a licensed plumber to receive the best plan for your specific make and model.
The best practice for improving the lifespan of your water heater is to check it once in awhile to visually confirm that everything is running smoothly. It’s important to inspect the unit from top to bottom to ensure that there are no leaks. Water will tend to leak from the bottom, drain valve, or pressure relief valve. Small leaks can sink big ships, so be sure to find and correct any water issues immediately. If the water leaks from the tank, chances are that a full replacement is needed.
It’s also important to make sure that all of the pipes and fittings are free of rust and corrosion. If you have a gas furnace, it’d be a good idea to smell around these fittings to ensure that there is no leak. Another very important device to check is the pressure relief valve to make sure that it functions properly. Otherwise, the risk of a pressure buildup and consequent explosion are possible!
The buildup of sediment and debris can cause a number of complications for your water heater over time. Your tank will have a drain valve near the bottom, designed and threaded for safely displacing old water into a nearby drain. One or twice a year, it’s a wise move to flush out several gallons of water from the tank. Draining from the bottom helps to clear out the nastier bits of debris and sediment that are lurking in your water supply and will also help to prevent future damages.
If there seems to be a heavy amount of sediment coming out of your tank, a more intensive flush may be needed. One common method of doing so consists of turning the water going into the tank off, turning the set temperature down to a low setting and then completely draining the tank. Once empty, turn the water on while leaving the drain valve open. This will help to push out any stubborn debris that is sticking around. Once done, close the valve and return the temperature to its original position.
Being a handy homeowner typically equates to people doing the work themselves and saving money doing so. Next time, we’ll look at a couple more tips that can help you save money and headaches throughout the life of your water heater. Keeping a consistent maintenance routine can help catch problems early and prevent a call to your 24-hour plumber. AEMS Services has proudly provided optimal plumbing services to New Jersey clients for years, and we’re ready to help you! From residential plumbing jobs to comprehensive HVAC services, our technicians do it all. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule or home services!