Water heaters are a crucial part of any household, providing hot water for daily activities such as showering, washing dishes, and doing laundry. However, many homeowners overlook the importance of maintaining their water heaters, leading to costly repairs and replacements down the line. To help you avoid these issues, we've compiled the ultimate guide to maintaining your water heater.
Check the Pressure Relief Valve
The pressure relief valve is a safety feature that prevents your water heater from exploding due to pressure buildup. To ensure it's functioning correctly, test it every six months by lifting the valve's lever until water comes out. If it doesn't, you may need to replace it.
Flush the Tank
Over time, sediment can build up in your water heater tank, reducing its efficiency and lifespan. To prevent this, flush the tank annually by turning off the power or gas supply, attaching a hose to the drain valve, and draining the tank until the water runs clear.
Insulate the Pipes
Insulating your hot water pipes can help reduce heat loss and save energy, ultimately reducing your utility bills. Contact a reliable plumber to schedule pipe insulation.
Adjust the Temperature
Setting your water heater's temperature too high can not only increase your energy bills but also pose a safety risk. The recommended temperature is 120 degrees Fahrenheit. To adjust the temperature, turn off the power or gas supply, remove the access panel, and adjust the thermostat.
Schedule Professional Maintenance
While you can perform some maintenance tasks yourself, it's essential to have a professional plumber inspect your water heater annually. They can check for leaks, corrosion, and other issues that could lead to costly repairs or replacements.
By following these tips, you can extend your water heater's lifespan, save money on energy bills, and prevent costly repairs. If you need professional water heater maintenance or repair services, contact Continental Plumbing Services, LLC. for expert assistance.