Water heaters take a big role in your house. We cannot deny the amount of money we spend to have them. Sometimes you tend to overuse them, not thinking that they may soon give up. Your hot water heater may have a number of problems. In most cases the water heater become obvious, a hot water faucet fails to supply hot water, there can be puddles or a leak near the water heater, or sometimes there is an odd sound from the tank. You may notice your water heater to have problems like: leaking tank, not enough hot water, too hot water, water not hot enough, unusual noises in the tank, and discolored water. Most water heater problems are fairly easy to handle if you know how a water heater works.
In taking care of your water heater, you must first determine the type of heater you have. To maintain your heater in good condition, there are certain things you have to do.
Check the pressure relief valve. You can either find it on top or the side of the unit. You'll observe that the valve automatically opens up if the pressure inside the unit tank gets too high. Placing a water bucket at the bottom of the copper pipe will catch the water that will come out of the pipe. If you see that the water doesn’t flow, that only means that you have a problem. You may ask a plumber to help you replace it.
Close the shutoff valve on the pipe where cold water comes in. Next, turn on the hot water from the nearest faucet to release any pressure from inside the tank. After switching your electric heater off, you can now drain the tank to flush out any of the old sediment that has assembled from the bottom of the tank. In draining the water, be careful because this may be very hot. When finished, tighten the control valve to avoid leak.
Placing an insulating water jacket around the unit can save 4% to 9% heating cost. By lowering the thermostat setting, you can also reduce your water heating cost. To slow down mineral and sediment buildup in your heater and pipes, reduce your water temperature to 120F. Doing so makes your heater last longer and operate efficiently.
The average water heater will last about 12 years according to industry information. Far too many water heaters fall short long before that. With interrupted maintenance, a water heater should last well into its teens or longer. Taking care of your water heater can be both easy and quickly. Remember that you have to take care of the things that give you a year-round enjoyment.
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