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Learn Basic Water Heater Maintenance and Repairs

  • Alma 
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Water heaters are a necessity for comfortable healthy living. On average, water heaters last between 8 to 20 years. Lasting longer with regular maintenance. Here are some suggestions on how to maintain your water heater throughout the year.

  • Inspect the pressure relief valve. You’ll find this valve located at the top of the water heater. Its purpose is to release any pressure if the water becomes too hot. If you notice any leaks coming from the valve it’s important to replace it.
  • Check the anode rod. This rod plays a role, in protecting your water heater from corrosion and is located inside the heater. If you observe corrosion on the anode rod it’s necessary to replace it.
  • At least once a year, drain the water heater, this helps remove sediment and debris that can accumulate inside the tank over time.
  • It is recommended to clean the water heater to remove any dirt or dust buildup.
  • Consider installing a water filter, as this helps to eliminate minerals that accumulate inside the water heater, which can lead to issues.
  • Wrapping the water heater in insulation helps to minimize heat loss. Potentially save money on energy bills.

In case you encounter any issues such as leaks, reduced water pressure, or strange noises coming from your water heater it’s crucial to address them as a faulty unit poses safety risks. By following these guidelines you can effectively maintain your water heater’s performance and extend its lifespan. Additionally, scheduling a service by a plumber is advised as it helps identify and address any problems early on preventing them from turning into major repairs.

Below are some water heater problems along with their solutions;

  • Leaks- If you notice a leak coming from your water heater immediately turn off the water supply and seek assistance from a plumber.
  • Low Water Pressure- If you experience reduced water pressure from your hot water faucets it could be either the water heater or the pipes supplying water.
  • Burned-out Elements- If the burner components are damaged your water heater will not be able to heat the water
  • Clogged Sediment Trap- Over time the sediment trap, in your water heater can become clogged with sediment, which can cause problems with the functioning of the water heater. To address this issue it is recommended to have a plumber clean the sediment trap.

If you come across any of these problems with your water heater it is important to have them resolved promptly. A malfunctioning water heater can pose a safety hazard and the longer these issues persist, the the potential, for damage.

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Alma Bradshaw

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Hello, My name is Alma Bradshaw. I'm a licensed plumber with over 20 years of experience in the industry. It's important to stay informed and up-to-date on the latest plumbing techniques, innovations, codes, and regulations. Learn more about plumbing here and feel free to comment below with any questions.

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