Monday, October 14, 2019

Water Heater Care

A water heater is a type of appliance that does not get a wealth of attention when it comes to maintenance. In fact, many homeowners take them for granted. It is not until a problem arises that they suddenly become a priority. But those unwanted times can be avoided by following some helpful ways to care for your water heater.

Adjust the temperature

Most people are unaware that water heaters are set to about 120°F. The truth is that there is no need to have the temperature set that high. Tank water heaters need to heat all that water, which means you are unnecessarily using more energy than you need to. That can take its toll on the life expectancy of a water heater. It is a good idea to drop the temperature down to around 100°F. This will mean less work for your water heater to keep the water hot.

Take out the sediment

There is no avoiding a buildup of sediment in your water heater over the course of time. Some sediment is not going to be an issue, but an abundance could cause problems to occur. The reality is that is quite simple to remove sediment. All you have to do is drain the tank as the majority of the sediment will be removed with the water. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and do this annually to avoid any major issues.

Tankless care

Tankless water heaters do not need as much maintenance as tank varieties, although there are still some important steps that can be taken to ensure they are working optimally. First, it is important to check for hard water as this will need to be fixed with a water softener to keep your water heater running efficiently. It is also recommended to flush your heater every year or so. This can be done with a do-it-yourself remedy or by calling a professional plumber.

Annual inspection

Once a year, it is advisable to check out your water heater for issues. If you have a tank water heater, the first inspection should be to check for leaks. Also, be on the lookout for rust in gas heaters, particularly in the combustion chamber. Rusting inside will indicate a new water heater will probably be needed in the near future. If your water heater is electric, be sure to power down the heater and check for any corrosion around the ports and fittings.

The Benjamin Franklin Plumbing plumbers are ready to help you with all your hot water needs. We assist home and business owners daily to find the best solution for their particular needs then execute the job with precision. You are welcome to explore the hot water heater section of our website anytime to learn more about those services.