Water Heater Safety and Maintenance

Play it safe with these tips on water heater safety and maintenance

Stay safe with these tips on water heaters

Water heater and safety maintenance is not something to be taken lightly. There are easy and inexpensive ways to ensure hot water runs effectively at all times. Water heating and operating efficiency can be achieved and also produce longevity. Other maintenance tasks should be done once at least once annually. Advantages of maintaining your water heater are clear depending on how well your water heater works.

Notable advantages of maintaining your water heater can shave 10 percent off water heating costs. Adding insulation helps reduce water heat loss by over 40 percent. Also, flushing sediments from the tank will improve efficiency and longevity. To prevent its inside from rusting, ensure a viable anode always hangs in the tank. Replacing a used-up rod is cheaper than purchasing a new water heater. And, when you are indeed ready to replace it, consider a tankless water heater, which is even more efficient than traditional models.

Signs you need water heater maintenance

Visibility of leaks: When you spy a leak or a big puddle of water surrounding your heater, this is a sign to do a maintenance check. Make a habit of checking for leaks around your water heater at least once a month. Ensure you look for any drips or musty smell surrounding the heater.

Low water pressure: In case you have low water pressure, this is a sign you need some water heater maintenance. Low pressure may be caused by a kink in a pipe or faulty installation.

Clicking sound: If the water heater is making random sounds such as constant clanging and clicking, it’s a sign of serious issues. In most cases, these sounds are caused by the water heater overheating. This will not only increase your water bill, but it can also lead to increased risks of burns.

Rusty water: Make sure to take a look at the water coming out of your faucets; is it reddish brown in color or rusty? When in doubt, always ring a professional to come help with your water heater maintenance.

How to maintain a water heater

Testing the TPR Valve: Start by shutting off the power and cold-water supply valve; make sure to place a bucket under the pipe. This valve will open if the tank pressure is too high. Next step is to lift the valve tab and let some water out. Let go of the valve and notice whether the water flows. If the water is flowing, drain the tank partway by unscrewing the old valve with a wrench.

Install a new one as your old valve has played its part.

Anode rod check up: The first step is to put a hose to the tank drain cock and release a few gallons of water. Next step is to fit a 1/16 inch socket into anode rod’s hex head at the top of the heater. You can also fit the socket under anode’s top plate.

Draining the water tank and washing out sediment: After checking your anode rod, drain the remaining water tank into a bucket. Stir the sediment on the tank’s bottom and slightly open the cold water supply valve. Drain and repeat this process until clean water comes out of the hose. The last step is to drain the cock and refill the tank with water, turn its power back on.

Adjusting the Temperature: The first step is to find the temperature dial on the side of the tank and unscrew the cover. Make sure to adjust the dial to 120 degrees using a flathead screwdriver. To save at least 5 percent of energy costs, lower the temperature by at least 10 degrees. Make sure to turn the water heater off and thermostat down to its lowest possible setting. Always do this when you plan to be away for more than two days.

Importance of water heater maintenance

Safety: If your relief valve is not checked once a year, it can result in someone getting burned or scalded.

Better efficiency: Regular flushing and system maintenance are the best way to ensure these problems never occur. Mineral buildup such as calcium can cause an adverse effect by causing a lower heating element.

Consistent Quality: Imagine getting out of a warm bed in the morning and being blasted with cold water? To avoid this, constant water heater maintenance is important. Maintenance helps minimize the likelihood of any problems rising and ensures water heater runs as it should.

Extended Lifespan: An average water heater lasts for 10 years. Any neglect in maintenance will surely cut down on the years. Make sure to always check your water heater for optimal water heating services.

Resources— Day and Nite, Williams Service Co.