Your water heater likely isn’t one of those appliances you pay much mind to – that is until something goes wrong (cue stepping into an icy shower or flooded basement in the middle of winter). As to avoid that from happening, you’ll want to keep your water heater running efficiently and reliably. Staying on top of the below maintenance tasks is one way to get started:
Adjust its temperature: Setting the thermostat to 120 degrees not only reduces the risk of scalding, but it will help you save in energy costs.
Keep the area clear: Unless specified differently in the manual, maintain 2 feet of clearance around the water heater.
Flush the tank: Flushing the tank of sediment and debris yearly helps improve its efficiency and the life of the unit. To do so, turn off the cold water supply and connect a garden hose to the drain valve (once it has cooled). Direct the hose into a nearby sink or bucket and run the water through until it is clear.
Test your temperature-pressure relief valve: This valve must be in working order should your tank over-pressurize. To test, quickly discharge it two or three times and keep an eye out for any small leaks.
Insulate older units: Just like you would insulate your walls, insulating your water heaters is an easy way to improve energy efficiency. Most newer models have this feature so check your owner’s manual to be sure.
As the weather gets colder, you want to make sure your water heater is ready. Four Seasons Plumbing is the area’s expert in professional water heater installation and repair, whether you have an electric water heater, gas water heater or tankless water heater. For the best water heater installation services don’t hesitate to give us a call at 828-216-3894 or complete our online request form.