Hey there, my name is Russell Tyson. I am going to use this site to educate my readers about services offered by plumbing professionals. When I first started my company, I was unaware of all the necessary plumbing procedures needed to keep the toilets from backing up. My clients often failed to notify me when a toilet started to fail, likely due to embarrassment or a lack of time. Luckily, I was clued into the value of hiring plumbers to perform regular maintenance and repairs on the toilets to keep them in fine shape. I hope to detail those services on this site to inspire others to embrace preventative plumbing procedures.
Your water heater is one of those household appliances that is very important but easy to overlook. If you forget to perform routine maintenance on your water heater, you are more likely to have the unpleasant experience of going to take a hot shower only to discover the water is freezing cold. Regular maintenance will prevent water heater breakdowns and frequent repairs, hopefully extending your hot water's lifespan as much as possible. Here are six ways to maintain your hot water heater:
Have Your Water Heater Drained Regularly
If your water heater is not drained on a regular basis, sediment will build up and corrode the inside of the water heater, diminishing its efficiency and lifespan. Most plumbing experts recommend that you drain your water heater once a year or so. This is a task you can perform yourself if you are handy, or you can always have a repair company do this for you. There are many instructional videos available online showing how to safely drain your water heater if you opt for the DIY route.
Insulate Your Pipes and Tank
Insulating your exposed pipes as well as the water heater tank itself will help your tank heat water more efficiently during the cold months of winter, saving you energy, perhaps lowering your utility bills, and helping to extend the water heater's overall lifespan. Insulation will also help reduce the risk of burst pipes during freezing weather. You can buy pipe insulation wraps and an insulating water heater "blanket" at any major home improvement store and easily wrap them around the pipes and tanks.
Have Routine Inspections Performed
Having your water heater inspected annually instead of only when there is a problem is a great idea for many reasons. The plumbing specialist who inspects your water heater will be able to troubleshoot and make sure your water heater is working as well as it should.
They will look for problems like a faulty pressure valve, rusty components, and leaks, in order to repair them before they become much more serious issues. You can even combine your water heater inspection with draining and cleaning the water tank, to get the most out of your service appointment.
Keep Water Heater Area Ventilated and Tidy
Keeping your water heater in an area with adequate ventilation that is free of clutter is important for a few reasons. Doing so ensures your water heater has access to enough oxygen (if it's a gas heater) to do its job properly, reduces the risk of fire, and will allow you to notice more easily if there is a problem with your water heater, such as leaking. Removing clutter and adding a ventilation fan are great ways to keep your water heater running efficiently and safely.
Know When It's Time for a Replacement
On average, a conventional water heater will last around 10 years. If your water heater is much older than that, it is most likely time for a replacement. If you are experiencing frequent spells of cold water, uneven water temperatures, leaking, frequent repairs, or strange noises coming from your water heater, these can also be signs that it's time for a replacement.
Start by having your water heater professionally inspected by a plumbing company. If the water heater expert recommends replacement, you may want to look into different options, such as a water heater with a larger tank if your family is growing, or a tankless water to save energy.
By following these tips, your hot water heater will work as well and efficiently as possible, and you will find yourself spending less time and money on repairs. Visit a site like http://statewidemechanicalinc.net to learn more about water heater maintenance services.Share