Your Guide to Water Heater Maintenance and Repair

Your Guide to Water Heater Maintenance and Repair

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Are you looking for ways to extend the life of the water heating system in your home or office?

Water heater maintenance can help you keep your system running efficiently for a longer period.

The average life of a gas water heater is 8 to 12 years, while an electric heater may last 10 to 15 years. Like other systems in your office, these averages vary based on how often they are used and whether they are maintained or not.

Read on to learn more about how to take care of your system and when to get the help of a professional with this guide to water heater maintenance and repair.

Flush Your Tank

One of the most effective ways to maintain your water heater is to flush its tank at least once or twice a year. Scheduling routine maintenance ensures damage from occurring prematurely.

The tank heats the water before distributing it to your showers and other faucets. Besides storing gallons of water, your system’s tank is also a place for deposits and other sediments to collect.

Before flushing the tank, disconnect the tank from its power source and the water supply. Hook a hose up to the drain valve and place the other end leading to an area where you can safely send hot water.

Open the pressure and drain valves to begin the flow of water out of your tank. Once the tank is empty, hook up the water to your heating system again. Turn on the hot water faucet and wait until water begins to come out. After the water begins to drain from your faucet, then turn on the water heater again.

Inspect Pressure Valve

Your system’s pressure valve is an important part of water heater maintenance.

This valve is a relatively easy to inspect, but it can also be dangerous due to handling extremely hot water. The process requires that you be very careful as you inspect your system, ideally hiring a professional to safely do the inspection.

Start by turning off the electricity to your system. (If you have a gas system, turn off the gas, as this will extinguish the system’s pilot light.) Then turn off the cold water inlet that leads to your system.

Put a large bucket underneath the pressure relief valve. This bucket lets you collect the water as it leaves your system. Release the trip valve and allow it to fill with one to two cups of water.

You should listen for a rush of air coming out of your system along with some water and vapor. If you do not hare or see this, you should have your pressure valve replaced.

Replace Anode Rods

Anode rods are the pieces of your water heater that help limit corrosion inside of your tank.

When your system’s tank is empty (and power has been cut off to the system), it needs replacing. A plumber can easily handle this type of job.

Keeping corroded anodes in your system can speed up your tank’s corrosion and can be dangerous to you and others if it causes your system to come apart while being used.

Wrapping Up

A water heater is an important component of your home or office and one you should maintain on a regular basis.

At Proactive Plumbing, we’re experienced in hot water systems, drainage, service repairs, and more.

Contact us today to learn more about our services and to schedule a free estimate.

Proactive Plumbing has provided dependable plumbing services, installations and repair for more than 15 years. We service Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Vista, San Marcos, Escondido and other areas of San Diego County.

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