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About Your Water Heater: Protect Your Investment

  • November 10, 2017

Your water heater is one of the most important parts of your household plumbing. Without it, your washing machine and dishwasher would be virtually useless, and imagine having to take an ice-cold shower every day. That means that a breakdown in your water heater is mission critical, especially in the winter. With proper maintenance, you can extend the life of your equipment and delay the moment when you need to purchase a new model.

How to Spot Trouble Before It Starts and Protect Your Unit

No piece of equipment lasts forever and the amount of mineral content in your water supply can also play a role in reducing the lifespan of your water heater. By following these simple suggestions, you will be able to make sure that your water heater is running as smoothly and efficiently as possible. You will also be able to ensure that the water you are drinking and cleaning with is clean.

* Look for drips, leaks or accumulated water underneath your hot water heater.

* Check out the flame if you use a gas water heater – it should burn mostly blue, not yellow.

* Take note if the water in your shower is either too hot or too cold, or doesn’t reflect the temperature to which the water heater is set.

* Rust coming out of your faucet could be a sign that your heater needs help.

* Also keep an eye out for any bending or cracking in the water heater tank, which could be an indication that it’s time to buy a replacement.

* Inspect the Pressure Valve to make sure it is working correctly by turning off the power and water to your hot water unit and then tripping the valve. Air, water or vapor should come out – if they don’t, you need to replace the valve.

* It’s a good idea to have a plumber flush out and empty the tank once a year or so to remove any sediment that has accumulated inside. It’s convenient to take care of this chore at the same time you check the pressure valve. With the tank disconnected from water and power, a hose is hooked up to the drain valve and somewhere where it’s safe to discharge hot water.

* The anode rod helps prevent corrosion in your hot water tank and is an essential tool for prolonging the life of the equipment. You can check on it while the tank is drained by unscrewing the hex head at the top of the tank and pulling out the rod. If it has become very thin, or if it’s coated in sediment, it’s time for a replacement. In general, anode rods should last about five years, but it’s a good idea to check on them annually.

* Check the expiration date. Many people are unaware of the average life expectancy of their home water heaters, which is generally 10-12 years.

Contact Green’s Plumbing

The more vigilant you are about water heater maintenance, the less likely you are to need emergency repair or replacement. In addition to your own interventions, a yearly visit from a qualified plumber can catch any problems you missed or weren’t able to resolve and extend the lifespan of your water heater even more. If you need your hot water heater inspected, or have any other problems with your household plumbing, call Green’s Plumbing at (818) 880-8847 .

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