Try out these suggestions to help you maintain your water heater.
For many people, there is nothing more blissful than taking a hot shower or soaking in a warm bath in the dead of winter. However, this lovely activity won’t be possible if your home’s water heater is on the fritz. Stay comfortable this winter by trying out these tips to maintain your water heater.
- Know Where It Is
While this might seem obvious, many homeowners don’t even know where their water heater is located. In most homes, the water heater can be found in the garage or basement. Once you know where your water heater is, make sure you can easily access it. It’s particularly important to make sure that the plumbing leading to and from your water heater is unobstructed.
- Know How to Drain and Flush It
You should take care to drain your water heater every year or so. Normally, draining one or two gallons is enough. However, if you notice any sediment or debris in the water you drained, a full flush is needed. Start by turning off your water and your heat. Then, open up the drain on your water heater and let it drain completely. After that, turn your water back on and let it run out of the open drain. Once the water is clear of any dirt, the flush is complete. You can close the drain and allow the tank to fill back up. Finally, turn the heat back up and adjust the temperature to your liking.
- Know What to Look for During an Inspection
You should inspect your water heater annually. During your inspection, look for any signs of wear or deterioration on the piping leading to and from your water heater. Additionally, you should keep an eye out for any soot or black debris around your water heater, as this is generally a sign of a combustion issue. If you notice any of these problems, call in an expert to make the necessary repairs.
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