Water Heater Maintenance and Repair: Helpful Tips
Did you miss your water heater maintenance tasks and projects last fall season? Then today is the perfect time to do it! Water heater maintenance projects should be completed before winter ends so you can achieve better unit performance and warmer home throughout the cold months.
Here are the helpful water heater maintenance and repair tips you need to be aware of:
Clear Out Space Around Your Water Heater
Be sure to declutter your unit especially when it is placed in a storage room. Clutters can sometimes go unnoticed and they can build-up easily around your appliance. We suggest that you maintain at least 2 to 3 feet clearance around the unit to allow proper and safe operation.
Turn Off Power and Water Supply
You need to make sure everything is safe when doing a maintenance task to your appliance. Turn off the switch located near your water heater. Also, do not forget to turn off the water supply valve. But we warn you that improper execution of this can cause electrocution and potential fire hazards. If unsure, always call the experts.
Test Your TPR Valve
Your water heater’s TPR valve is a temperature-pressure relief valve. It opens to unload vapor once the pressure in your tank gets extremely high. With its crucial role, it needs to work right at all times. To test it, put a bucket under the pipe below the TPR and then open the valve two to three times. When you see the valve leaks, it means it needs a replacement. Call your local technician to perform the job.
Check the Anode Rod
The anode rod is housed in your water tank. Its role is to attract minerals and other harmful elements that might rust the tank. In the long run, it can either get covered with calcium or become corroded. To inspect your anode rod, lift it out of the tank and if it is coated with minerals, call your technician for replacement.
Flush the Tank
Flush your tank more often to prevent minerals from building up. Connect a hose to your drain valve to drain out the water of your tank and remove the sediment inside. If the water looks cloudy, open your cold water supply valve to let more water enter the tank. Repeat the process until the water gets clear.
Now, if you think your water heater needs maintenance, it is never too late to do it. Our experts at Armor Heating & Air help maintain and repair your water heater and other comfort devices at home. Should you need more expert tips and HVAC services, do not hesitate to call us.