A water heater is an appliance that most of us use every day and generally don’t give much thought to until there’s a problem. But like any appliance, a water heater requires some basic maintenance to keep it running at peak performance. In this blog post, we’ll give you some tips on how to keep your water heater in tip-top shape and when it might be time for some professional maintenance.
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Keeping Your Water Heater Running Efficiently
There are a few things you can do on a regular basis to keep your water heater running efficiently:
1. Check the anode rod
The anode rod is a metal rod that helps protect the inside of your water heater tank from corrosion. Over time, the anode rod will corrode, which can lead to leaks in your tank. You should check your anode rod at least once a year and replace it if necessary.
2. Flush the tank
Over time, sediment can build up in the bottom of your water heater tank, which can affect the performance of your water heater. To flush the tank, simply attach a garden hose to the drain valve at the bottom of the tank and open the valve to let all the water out. Then close the valve and allow the tank to refill.
3. Insulate the tank
You can save energy (and money) by insulating your water heater tank. You can purchase pre-cut insulation blankets for your specific model of water heater or you can wrap the entire tank with insulation tape. Either way, insulating your tank will help keep the water hot longer, which means your water heater won’t have to work as hard (and use as much energy) to heat up the water.
4. Adjust the temperature
The optimal temperature for most households is 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Any higher and you run the risk of scalding yourself; any lower and you’re just wasting energy. You can adjust the temperature on most models by turning a knob or dial on the front or side of the unit.
What causes water heater issues?
A water heater is an essential part of any home, providing hot water for baths, showers, and laundry. However, water heaters can be susceptible to a number of problems, from sediment build-up to leaks. In some cases, these issues can be prevented with simple maintenance, such as flushing the tank every few months. However, other problems may require the assistance of a professional. For example, a leaking water heater may need to be replaced, while a sediment-clogged tank may need to be cleaned out. By understanding the most common water heater issues, homeowners can take proactive steps to prevent them.
One of the most common water heater issues is sediment build-up. Over time, minerals in the water can settle at the bottom of the tank, causing the heater to work less efficiently and eventually leading to a complete breakdown. To prevent sediment build-up, it's important to flush the water heater regularly.
Faulty Heating Element
Another common water heater issue is a faulty heating element. The elements are responsible for heating the water, so if they're not working properly, the water won't get hot enough. In some cases, the elements can be replaced, but in others, you may need to buy a new water heater.
Finally, water pressure issues can also cause water heaters to fail. If the water pressure is too high, it can damage the internal components of the heater. If the pressure is too low, it can cause the water to take longer to heat up. Either way, it's important to have your water pressure checked regularly to prevent problems with your water heater.
When to Schedule Professional Maintenance
Even with regular maintenance, there will come a time when you need to schedule professional service for your water heater. If it's been more than five years since you had your water heater serviced, it's a good idea to have it checked out. Additionally, if you notice any of the following problems, it's time to call a professional:
-Your water heater is leaking
-You don't have hot water
-The water isn't as hot as it used to be
-There is water around the base of the water heater
-The pilot light keeps going out
A professional can help you troubleshoot these problems and determine whether you need a new water heater. They will also be able to properly dispose of your old ones.
Choosing a New Water Heater
A professional plumber can help you determine the appropriate size for your needs.
The second thing to consider is the fuel type. Water heaters can be powered by electricity, natural gas, propane, or oil. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages.
The third factor to consider is the recovery rate, which is the number of gallons of water the heater can heat per hour. A higher recovery rate will be more expensive, but it will also be able to meet your needs more quickly. Finally, you'll need to decide on a brand. There are many reputable brands on the market, and a professional plumber can help you choose the one that's right for you.
If you notice any of these signs, give us a call and we’ll be happy to take a look and diagnose any issues with your unit.
What to Expect From Professional Water Heater Maintenance
Homeowners should expect several things from professional water heater maintenance.
First, a technician will inspect the entire water heater for any signs of wear or damage. Next, they will flush the unit to remove any sediment that has built up inside. Finally, they will test all the components to ensure they are functioning properly. In addition, the technician may also recommend some water heater repairs or replacements if they believe it is necessary. By following these simple steps, homeowners can rest assured that their water heater is in good working condition and will continue to provide them with hot water for years to come.
Quality Service and Deals with Oak Plumbing!
Regular maintenance goes a long way toward keeping your water heater running efficiently for years to come but there will come a time when you need professional help. If you notice any of these four signs, give us a call so one of our certified technicians can take a look.
If you're looking for plumbing advice that comes from experts, look no further than Oak Plumbing. We have a team of highly qualified professionals who are ready to provide top-notch service. Whether you need help with a simple repair or are looking for guidance on a complex project, we're here to help. Contact us today by visiting our website, or give us a call at 707 874 5361.
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Below is an informative video on water heater flushing: