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Maintaining Your Water Heater

Maintaining Your Water Heater

The water heater is a commonly overlooked appliance in your home. This hard-working piece of equipment is usually hidden, but it needs regular care - its lifespan can be significantly extended if you are proactive.

Here’s how you can maintain your water heater for optimal performance...

Annual Maintenance

Annual maintenance performed by a licensed professional will take care of the chores listed below. This will prevent breakdowns, help your water heater last longer, and it’s required to keep most manufacturers’ warranties valid. This is usually a low-cost service...if you are a Plumbing Medic Service Partner Program Member, this maintenance is included in membership, and we’ll do the remembering for you!

If DIY is more your style...

Watch for Leaks

Leaks can stem from pipe connections and the tank itself. If you find any leak, regardless of its severity, contact a professional. The solution might be as simple as re-soldering a pipe joint, but the problem can also be serious. A rusted-out tank must be replaced if a leak from the base is puddling beneath.

Examine the Pressure Valve

There’s a valve located on the very front of the tank. It’s often surrounded by bright colors to highlight its importance.

Follow these steps to test that the valve is working:

  • Turn off the electricity and cold-water inlet connected to the tank
  • Place a bucket under the valve to catch any water
  • Release the pressure on the valve

You should hear a rush of air as the pressure releases from the valve. Some water might drip out of the valve too. If pressure doesn’t release or there is an excess of water, there may be an issue.

Drain the Water

Attach a garden hose to the tank’s spigot. Drain all of the water from the tank. Use a flashlight to inspect the inside of the water heater. It should have healthy, metal walls. If you notice rust, call a professional to take a closer look.

Tankless Water Heaters

Many of these maintenance tasks are associated with storage tank water heaters. But tankless water heaters are a great choice for many homeowners. Not only is the maintenance less involved, but they provide endless hot water, prevent water waste, and take up less space.

Tankless water heaters give you hot water on demand, rather than storing it in a tank. With the right maintenance, a tankless heater can last five to ten years longer than tank heaters!

Contact a Licensed Professional

Bringing in a licensed plumber at least once a year is really beneficial to your water heater’s longevity. Smart homeowners can protect their biggest investment with preventative maintenance and save a lot of money in the long run. Our experts at Plumbing & A/C Medic will inspect your water heater and explain the best options for its maintenance. Contact us today at (602) 975-2306 to make an appointment or talk with one of our team members.