Your heater provides your home with hot water whenever you need it. Whether it’s for a bath, laundry, or cooking, perfectly warm water is readily at your disposal through your tap.
It’s important to take proper care of your home’s water heater to keep it running smoothly for a long time. Here are a few tanked and tankless water heater maintenance tips:
Do a Routine Flush
Your water heater can accumulate sediments and debris over time, which can contaminate your water supply. So, it’s important to flush it routinely. This is done by turning off the cold-water supply and attaching a garden hose to the drain valve. And then, drain the water from the tank into a bucket until the water runs clear. If the water still looks cloudy, turn the supply valve on briefly to stir up the remaining sediments.
It’s best to hire a professional plumber to flush your water heater routinely. They’ll ensure that it’s thoroughly cleaned and no dirt remains inside the machine.
Test the Temperature-Pressure Relief Valve
The temperature-pressure relief (TPR) valve is a safety mechanism that prevents your water heater from bursting if there are too much pressure and heat building up. If the pressure gets too high, the TPR valve automatically opens and releases water.
When testing the TPR valve, your plumber will place a bucket under the discharge pipe and lift the lever. If water comes out, then it’s in good condition. If there’s none, then it’s time to replace your TPR valve. Checking this safety mechanism is typically done annually, along with your regular plumbing and water heater maintenance service.
Check the Anode Rod
The anode rod is an essential component of your unit, whether you have a gas or electric water heater. The rod draws in corrosive elements from your water supply, so the anode rod gets corroded instead of the water heater or the tank.
The anode rod should be replaced every 3 to 5 years to prevent rust and corrosion from contaminating your water supply. It can be a complex and difficult task, so it’s best to hire a professional plumber instead of doing it yourself.
Call Premier Plumbing and Leak Detection, LLC for Regular Maintenance
Your water heater is an essential part of your home’s plumbing system. Plus, it’s an expensive machine that you wouldn’t want to keep replacing. So, make sure to take proper care of it to keep it running smoothly. Get in touch with Premier Plumbing and Leak Detection, LLC for quality water heater maintenance service. Our professional plumbers and technicians will ensure that your machine is in optimum condition.