Your water heater is one of those appliances that you rarely think about but depend on multiple times each day. No one wants to live without the modern convenience of hot water. But, most of us are not aware of the maintenance requirements of this essential piece of technology or how to prolong its life expectancy. However, once you are forced to endure a few cold showers and then pay for the installation of a new water heater, you might be more motivated to learn these tips.
Just The Basics
The first step is knowing where your water heater is located and how to turn it off in the event of an emergency. Most units are powered by either gas or electricity. You will want to know how to turn off the power to the water heater, as well as the water supply. This information is for your safety and the safety of everyone in your home.
Second, pay attention to the temperature of your water daily. You might notice that the water is no longer getting as hot as it used to, or that it is getting noticeably hotter. These are signals that there could be an issue with the heating element. A call to (214) 388-4525 is the best way to address the issue. A Metroplex Leak & Line pro will be able to evaluate your water heater to determine if you need a new heating element rather than an entirely new water heater. Quickly addressing a heating issue is also crucial in preventing anyone from getting burned due to excessively hot water.
Finally, look at the entire unit and inspect for leaks and corrosion. Small leaks on the valves, piping, or drain can all be repaired if they are noticed before the leak damages the holding tank. If you do see corrosion on the tank and water oozing through the damaged area, call (214) 388-4525 immediately. When corrosion compromises the holding tank, there is the potential for a severe leak and water damage to your home.
Regular Care And Maintenance
Water heaters need to be drained on a regular basis. Once a year should be a minimum for this service, but in areas with hard water, more frequent draining is advised. Turn off the power to the water heater and the water supply. Next, attach a hose to the drain valve on the tank and run the hose to a drain. Then open the valve on the holding tank and allow it to drain completely. Open the pressure relief valve as well to drain the tank more rapidly. This is also an excellent way to check the function of the relief and drain valves.
When the tank is empty, close both the drain valve and the pressure relief valve and remove the hose. Then open all of the hot water faucets in your house. Next, turn the water supply to the water heater back on. This will fill the tank and wash out all of the sediment from the hot water pipes. Turn off all of the hot water fixtures once they are all flowing. Finally, turn the power back on to the water heater.
If you are noticing an increase in rust or corrosion in your hot water, the cause could be the anode rod. This is a piece of metal that extends into the holding tank to attract corrosive material and prevent the tank from rusting. But over time, the anode is consumed by the corrosive substance in the water. When the anode is almost gone, you will notice more rust and corrosion. The solution is a call to (214) 388-4525 to schedule an appointment with a Metroplex Leak & Line plumber. Replacing an anode is a simple job that is far more cost-effective than replacing the entire water heater when the holding tank is compromised by rust.
Water heaters are an integral part of your home and one that makes your daily life much more enjoyable. Investing a little time and attention to care for your water heater will provide you with better and longer service from this unsung hero of your home.