Essential Water Heater Maintenance Tips
If there's one appliance in your home that doesn't get enough credit, it's your water heater. Unless you want to start your days with cold showers and unsanitized dishes, it's important to take good care of your water heater and keep it in tip-top shape. These are some essential water heater maintenance tips that you should follow in your home.
Keep the Area Clear
For starters, keep the area around your water heater clear of any clutter. Make sure that no cleaning products, old rags, flammable items, or dirt are within two feet around the tank — this lowers the risk of any safety issues.
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Drain the Tank
At least twice a year, you should drain your water heater tank to get rid of any sediment that could have built up on the bottom of it. You can do this by:
Turning on the cold water supply valve
Connecting a garden hose to the tank
Running the water into a bucket until the water is clear
Keep in mind that it may take a little while for the water to go from brown with sediment to clear and clean, so be sure to pause and empty the bucket so you don't risk spilling and making a mess.
Test the Pressure Valve
Your pressure valve is a huge safety component in your water heater. If it doesn't work the right way, you could risk your water heater exploding, which we doubt anyone wants to deal with. Test the pressure valve at least once a year to ensure it's working properly.
Especially if your water heater is on the older side, it’s essential to schedule regular inspections. Professional maintenance can help you catch any potential problems before they become worse and can extend your water heater’s life.
If your water heater is leaking or not producing hot water, make sure that you reach out to the New Jersey plumbers from Gold Medal Service right away. With over 24 years of experience in the plumbing industry, our team is equipped to handle all your water heater needs.