Water Heater Maintenance
Maintenance is critical for the long term success of your water heater. Without the proper care, it won’t be able to provide the hot water needed for the duration of a dishwashing cycle, showers, and laundry. It is important to have a water heater check up at least once per year. This helps to pinpoint and resolve problems while they are in the early stages.
During maintenance checks, we drain and clean the tank, which goes a long way in making sure the tank is in proper working condition. We clean all sediment that has built up within your water heating unit. We also check and can replace any heating elements when necessary including pipes and the pilot light.
There are a few things you can do to make sure your water heater is in peak operating condition. This includes checking your water heater weekly to make sure it heats water to the level you’re accustomed to. It is also important to check the temperature setting on the water heater. Once you’ve done that, run the faucet to see how long it takes before the water becomes hot. If it takes longer than expected, it may need to be adjusted.
For gas heaters, adjust the thermostat to the vacation setting when out of town. This help maintains the pilot light without heating the water.
You can save up to 5 percent in energy costs for every 10 degrees you lower the temperature on your water heater. This not only saves money but it also reduces the risk of scalding.
Maintenance is critical for the long term success of your water heater. Utilizing these simple steps and yearly maintenance from our plumbers can keep your water heater from working harder than it needs to.
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