6 Maintenance Tips for Your Water Heater System
Like all of our plumbing facilities, our water heaters need some maintenance too. And this is oftentimes one of the things we take for granted. We always think that our water heaters are fine as long as it is doing its task which is to provide us with the demanded hot water. Yet anytime of the day, as it sits in the corner of your basement where you installed it and you sit on your couch watching a television or doing anything at home, you might not know that your water heater unit is at is edge and is about to give up.
Our water heater might not be giving us so much trouble but they deserve a habitual maintenance and routine inspection too. This is to know their current condition whether it is fine or an obscurity is starting to initiate. This maintenance and inspection are as well very important to avoid these obscurities from turning into a bigger problem.
For you to have your water heater unit at home beneficial longer than you expect them to be useful, you should habitually perform this six continuance techniques to maintain the life of your water heater unit.
Drain the tank
It is indeed very important for you to drain your tank at least once or twice a year to remove the sediment and mineral build-up within the tank. You might be asking how these minerals and sediments got into your water heater tank. These sediments and minerals are carried by the hard water you utilise at home. When they got into your tank, they tend to settle at the bottom as they are naturally heavier that water molecules. Flushing the tank will remove all these and possible debris that comes from corroded parts of the element. To drain the tank, here are the steps you can follow:
- Turn the water heater off to avoid accidents and electrocution.
- Place a hose in the drain valve that will be found at the bottom part of your water heater tank.
- Make sure to stop the cold water supply by turning off the cold water valve above the water tank
- Unlock the pressure and temperature relief valve of the unit to break the vacuum.
- Open the drain valve of the unit to flush all the water content of the tank out.
- Reverse the process when filling the tank with water. Do not turn on the power of the unit unless the process is completed.
Decrease the water temperature setting
For your water heater system not to undergo too much pressure when generating hot water for the household, make sure to set the thermostat in a safe temperature range which is 115 to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. In this way, you can avert your water heater from overheating and you can also save energy. Too much temperature on the tank will cause too much pressure build-up within the system and could soon make the unit explode especially when it can no longer take the expansion because of the pressure.
Insulate your water heater
Your water heater unit needs to be insulated all the time. Insulation of the heating system is not only applicable during a sub zero season. This can be done all over the year to save energy and heating cost because insulation can avoid energy loss. You can do this by using a water heater jacket or pre-cut blanket to keep the hot energy with the system alone. Energy loss would cause the unit to worker harder to reach the desired temperature of the water and would cause a higher heating cost.
Replace the Sacrificial Anode Rod
Your sacrificial anode rod needs to be habitually replaced and inspected because it can easily wear out and if it does, it can risk the life of your system. This is a rod made of either brass or magnesium that hangs within the tank. The electrochemical reaction created by the water substances can corrode the rod and could cause it to deteriorate. If you don’t take out and replace the rod, your water heater system will end up just like your sacrificial anode rod.
Clean the heating element
Homeowners should also habitually clean the heating element to keep it from dust and sediment build up. Water heater has different cleaning process according to what powers the system, either gas-powered or powered by electricity. The cleaning you can do for your water heater unit would give a great help in retaining and even increasing the service lifespan of your water heater unit.
Detailed diagnostic and Expert Advice
It is important that homeowners consider this tip even when they personally do the maintenance. They should oftentimes hire a professional plumber to check their system and to give them a detailed diagnostic about their system and an expert advice on how to keep their system in a good condition.