We depend upon a water heater every single day. Because they’re generally installed in the garage or basement, we do not think too much about it until and we don’t have any hot water or we discover water leaking on the floor. Many water heaters will last for a long period because they have been given proper maintenance to improve their life. By extending the life of your water heater, you’ll save money because you do not have to purchase a new one. Regular maintenance of the water heater must be on every homeowners’ honey do list. This maintenance needs to be scheduled at the minimum, yearly, based on the quality of water in the area up to 2 or 3 times per year.
Flush your water tank at least once a year (twice a year is really recommended) to remove sediment accumulation. Sediment causes the burner on the heater to operate harder than it has to. To get this done FIRST SHUT OFF THE GAS VALVE. Then utilize a garden hose and hook it up to the hose bib on the bottom of water heater.
Very carefully open the temperature/pressure relief valve at the top of the tank by lifting the lever. Leave the valve open. Open the drain valve in the bottom of the heater enabling the water to flow out through the garden hose. If the sediment is clogging the drain valve then try closing the temperature/pressure relief valve and turn the cold inlet valve back on to “power flush” the sediment out.
In some instances the sediment hardens straight into big chunks that could block the drain valve. In that case, then wait until everything cools down, take away the garden hose from the drain valve, take off the valve if needed, and make use of a long screw driver to break up the clog. This is a really untidy procedure.
Tank has become flushed Close the bottom valve and the relief valve. Turn on cold water valve and allow heater fill up before relighting the pilot. In certain case you might experience low pressure at some of the faucets. This can be caused by deposit in the lines. Eliminate the aerator of the clogged faucet and fix it out.
Today you have got peace of mind in the assurance that you have done what you could to extend the life of your water heater, and decrease your electrical or gas utility bill.