A water heater can run flawlessly for over ten years without a regular maintenance plan, so we can see how most people could forget to check on their water heater. For that reason, the water heater professionals at Public Service Plumbers and AC know that with only a small amount of maintenance, you could easily extend the lifespan of your tank. You can complete this simple two-step process in only minutes! We recommend that you complete this maintenance process at least once a year to make sure that you have long-lasting efficiency and safely from your water heater.
Check The Pressure-Relief Valve of Your Tank
Our trusted water heater specialists recommend testing the pressure-relief valve located on the top or side of their water heater before anything else. The pressure-relief valve will open up automatically to prevent the tank from exploding if the pressure inside of the tank becomes too high. You will know that it might be time to replace your valve when it doesn’t release water if you lift the lever. You should be able to find a replacement valve at most general hardware stores. Fortunately, the replacement process for your pressure-relief valve is simple:
- Turn off the water
- Drain the tank
- Unscrew the discharge pipe
- Unscrew the old valve
- Wrap the threads of the new valve with sealant tape
- Screw the new valve in
Be sure that the shutoff valve for your cold water supply pipe is closed. Then turn on any hot water faucet in the house to release the pressure built up inside of your water heater’s tank. Afterward, leave the faucet on until you finish your replacement. If you have an electric heater, our team recommends that you turn off the power at your main panel. For gas heaters, you should turn off the control dial.
Drain Your Tank
Next, we’ll flush out any sediments that may have settled at the bottom of your tank. We know that it might not seem like a super important issue, but sediment buildup can shorten the lifespan of your water heater and reduces its efficiency. When your water heater isn’t running efficiently, it increases your energy bill at the end of the month. You don’t have to drain out your whole tank. Just flush two to three gallons. Our trusted specialists recommend you continue removing water until you can no longer see any debris. Take caution when completing this process as the water coming out of the tank is scalding hot!
Also, don’t worry about gurgling or groaning noises that may come from your water heater while it is draining. These noises are caused by air entering the tank as water starts to drain out. If your drain valve doesn’t close tightly, then be sure to drain the tank completely. Then unscrew the old valve and screw in the new one. When you are ready to restart your water heater, open the shutoff valve, and let the hot water run at any faucet to get rid of any air within the system. Then be sure to relight the pilot or turn your power back on.
Upon finishing these simple preventive care steps set your water heaters dial to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. In case your dial doesn’t have numbers check on water temperature with a cooking thermometer. Having a higher temperature than that will increase your unit’s sediment buildup and risk of scalding injuries.
Contact Our Team Of Water Heater Professionals!
If you are sitting reading this at home, feeling like you may need some help from a professional, you can always reach out to our trusted team of specialists. We are always happy to answer any questions that you may have about your water heater. Contact us to set up some preventive care services for your water heater today.