Providing Yoru Water Heater With Proper Maintenance
Take care of your water heater and it will take care of you. If you don't provide your water heater with proper maintenance, then you can't count on it to perform efficiently and last as long as it normally would with routine servicing. In order to take care of your water heater, you want to follow the advice in this article. Of course, if you notice any problems, contact a plumbing and heating professional.
Insulate the water heater
The sooner you insulate your water heater and its piping, the sooner you will start to see a savings on your energy bill. Insulating the heater and pipes will help to keep the water at the desired temperature without working the heater harder than necessary.
To insulate the water heater, use a sheet of foil-covered bubble wrap and position it around the water heater. Use a sharp blade to cut out any areas that shouldn't be covered, such as the control panel cover. Use foil tape to keep the bubble wrap in place permanently.
Cut a piece of the bubble wrap to fit the top of the water heater and cut out the areas where the pipes are. Put the bubble wrap on the water heater and use the foil tape to secure it to the bubble wrap covering the sides.
Periodically drain the water heater
Sediment will collect in the bottom of your water heater over time. Not flushing it out can cause the water heater to heat the water unevenly and/or cause it to stop functioning altogether. To drain the water heater, you will follow these steps:
- Shut the water off that goes to the water heater.
- Shut off the power (and the gas if applicable) to the water heater.
- Attach a hose to the end of the spigot on the bottom part of the water heater.
- Place the other end of the hose where you will be draining the water
- Slowly turn the spigot on by rotating it in a counter-clockwise motion.
- Open the pressure release valve on the top of the water heater.
- Once the tank has drained, leave the pressure release valve open while you turn the water back on.
- Wait until the water is clear, then turn off the water and close the valve.
- Turn the spigot off.
- Remove the hose.
- Turn the water back on.
- Once the tank is full again, turn the power and gas back on.
Tip: The water in the tank will be extremely hot. To avoid the possibility of being burned, you may want to allow the water to cool a bit before draining the tank.
By following the advice offered in this article, you will help your water heater last longer and work in a more efficient manner.