Water heater maintenance is important for continuous and lasting supply of hot water. Unfortunately, very few people actually know that simple maintenance steps can help keep your hot water heater running efficiently.
When undertaking DIY water heater maintenance, it’s vital that you follow all the instructions in a sequential manner.
As you use the water heater over some years, its tank tends to become a deposit house of dirt, sediments, and minerals. All these ingredients tend to settle on its bottom, leading to corrosion and rusting.
The amounts of sediments and other ingredients that settle down also depend on the quality of water in your area, and can quickly rob the hot water heater of its efficiency leading to frequent issues.
That’s why it’s important to ensure water heater maintenance on a regular basis. Maintaining your water heater is an easy job, all you need is a hose, bucket, and a pair of gloves.
Water Heater Maintenance In 3 Easy Steps
If you love a constant supply of hot water, you must rely on your hot water heater to provide you with that every day. Whether you own a gas or electric water heater, as a proud owner of this appliance, you would want it work in a quiet, efficient, and dependable manner.
Typically, good quality, branded water heaters can last for 10-15 years or longer, depending on your water heater maintenance schedule. However, if you have recently bought a water heater and don’t know much about its maintenance, follow the simple and easy, 3-step yearly water heater maintenance plan that can increase the life the water heater, while helping you save on cash too.
You may not believe it, if we told you that maintaining your water heater is really a 5-minute job that can be completed in 3 quick steps! However, these steps are based on the fact that you know the type of water heater you have installed (gas/electric/solar). But it’s true and you’ll see it here.
1. Turn Down the Temperature Dial
2. Test the Temperature & Pressure Relief Valve
3. Mini-Flush To Get Rid Of Sediments
Here’s a detailed look at these 3 steps, so that DIY (do-it-yourself) annual water heater maintenance program is completed without a hitch.
1. Turn Down the Temperature Dial – this is what you need to do to complete this step.
a) Check the temperature setting on your water heater by going to the temperature dial on the body of the water heater. Look for this knob on either the gas valve or the thermostat located behind the panel in an electric water heater.
b) Adjust the temperature to 115 to 120 degrees F using the temperature dial. By adjusting the temperature to a lower setting, you are protecting your water heater from overheating as well as reducing the quantity of energy used to get the water heated.
2. Test the Temperature & Pressure Relief Valve – Testing the T&P relief value of your water heater is extremely vital for the safe operation of the appliance.
a) Start the test by lifting the lever partly, let go immediately so that it can snap back quickly.
b) Keep your ears open for a ‘gurgling’ sound as the valve lets some water in the drain tube.
c) If you are greeted by complete silence, then your T&P relief valve needs to be replaced.
3. Mini-Flush To Get Rid Of Sediments – This is the easiest step. It is also an important step as it removes all the sediments and other harmful ingredients from the bottom of your heater’s water tank through flushing action. Flushing the tank fully is a tedious job as you will have to completely shut down the appliance, but a mini-flush works almost just as well and takes just a couple of minutes to get the job done while your water heater is still on.
a) Place a bucket under the drain valve.
b) Drain valve by turning the lever counter-clockwise, allowing water into the bucket.
c) Now, turn the valve handle clockwise, close the valve and drain the bucket.
That’s it, you are done! Ensure smooth functioning of your appliance by following these easy water heater maintenance steps.
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