We depend upon a water heater day after day. Because they’re usually set up in the garage or basement, we don’t think too much about this till and we don’t have any hot water or find water leaking on the floor. Many water heaters lasts for a long time simply because they have been given proper maintenance to extend their life. By extending the life of your water heater, it will save you money because you don’t have to purchase a new one. Regular maintenance of the water heater must be on every homeowners’ honey do list. This maintenance should be planned at the minimum, yearly, according to the quality of water in the area up to two or three times per year.
Flush the water heater to eliminate built up sediment, calcium deposits and also other corrosive particles. Make sure to turn the electric or gas off to the water heater. Drain the water heater by connecting a garden hose to the valve found at the bottom of the tank. Water coming straight out of the tank can be quite hot, be cautious when draining a water heater around small children and pets.
Run the hose to a floor drain nearby. Close the valve on the cold water side of the heater. Now turn on the valve in which you hooked the hose up. Let the water tank drain. To speed up the draining process open the relief valve along the side of the heater by pulling up on the lever, this will work as a vent and allow the heater to drain faster.
In some instances the sediment hardens straight into big chunks that can block the drain valve. If that’s the case, then wait until everything cools down, eliminate the garden hose from the drain valve, take away the valve if required, and use a long screw driver to break up the clog. This is a very messy procedure.
For most people who do not have the time, the inclination, or the tools to maintain their water heater, calling a plumber is a great way to keep the water heater well-maintained. Getting a plumber to do the work is a time-saving way of getting things done. However, there are lots of plumbers who aren’t properly licensed and you should avoid these.
The point is that maintaining a water heater, whilst necessary, can be tedious and sometimes unpleasant function. But if you are a DIY person, it may soon become a badge of honor in your household. For those that prefer finding a plumber, you can at least rest assured that you have saved a little time and avoided a messy activity.