When you think of your HVAC system, your water heater is probably toward the bottom of your list of concerns. However, without proper maintenance, your water heater may begin to work inefficiently or fail entirely. Read through these tips to ensure you have warm water for the foreseeable future.
- Review the appliance’s manufacturer maintenance recommendations, which should contain specific instructions as to things you should and should not do to keep your water heater running smoothly.
- Flush the tank at least twice each year. The minerals in water can turn into sediment deposits during the heating process, which can build up over time and reduce efficiency. These deposits may also clog the water lines or the drain, shortening the unit’s lifespan.
- Test the temperature and pressure relief valve twice each year. Also known as the T&P valve, it is a safety feature that will open and release hot water if the temperature or pressure inside the tank reach unsafe levels.
- Consider the age of the water heater. When was it installed? Generally, a water heater is expected to last between 10 and 13 years. If your unit is reaching this age, plan ahead so you aren’t stuck without hot water due to failure of the equipment.
- Think safety! If you aren’t sure what to do for water heater maintenance or how to do it, hit an experienced professional who has the proper tools and equipment to tackle the task. If you do decide to do the work yourself, wear goggles, gloves and protective clothing to prevent burns.
Courtesy of Roth Heating & Cooling