Many of us do not realize how essential a nice hot shower is in the early mornings until our water heater stops working. Taking your water heater for granted can lead to very unpleasant mornings and even more unpleasant repair expenses. To avoid such troubles, follow these maintenance tips for your water heater from the experts at Bardi Heating, Cooling & Plumbing.
Know What Type of Water Heater You Have:
Knowing your type of water heater is the first step in learning how to maintain it. There are two types of water heaters:
- Those with tanks
- Those without tanks
Maintenance Tips for Your Water Heater – With a Tank:
- Test the Pressure Relief Valve:
Test this valve by placing a bucket under the discharge pipe and lifting the lever. If water comes out of the pipe, everything is in working order. Use the lever to close the valve. If lifting the lever doesn’t open the valve or if the valve leaks, it is time to replace it.
- Check the Anode Rod:
The anode rod attracts and absorbs corrosive minerals, so they do not corrode the tank. Locate your anode rod and use an impact wrench and some WD-40 to break it free. If you see any links around the hex head, drain more water out of the tank before continuing. If the rod looks corroded, it is time to replace it. Flush the tank or drain a few more gallons before turning the power and water back on.
*Pro Tip: Lengthen the life of your water heater by replacing the anode rod once every 5 years. When replacing your anode rod, use pipe thread sealant on the threads instead of plumber’s tape to avoid making the rodless effective.
- Flush Your Tank:
Avoid rust damage from the buildup of mineral deposits by flushing your tank yearly. Start by turning off the gas or power and the cold-water supply. Then, open a hot water tap and the pressure release valve. Using a hose and bucket, drain the water from the tank until it runs clear. Then, turn on your water supply and let cold water run through it until it runs clear.
Maintenance Tips for Your Water Heater – Tankless:
- Flush Your Water Heater:
Turn off the gas or power and cold-water supply, then shut off your hot water valve. Attach a garden hose to the outlet of the sump pump and to your unit’s cold-water isolation valve. Then, attach a second hose to your unit’s hot-water isolation valve. Place both ends of the hose and the pump in a 5-gallon bucket. Fill the bucket with fresh food-grade white vinegar. Open the cold and hot isolation valves, turn on the pump, and let vinegar circulate through your unit for 45 minutes. Throw out the used vinegar, fill the bucket with plain water, and flush your unit again for 5 minutes.
- Clean the Air Intake Filter:
Start by removing your unit’s faceplate and intake filter. Rinse the filter with clean water and dry it. Then, disconnect your hoses, screw on all service caps tightly, open the cold and hot water valves and restore power to the unit. Check for any leaks that need to be repaired.
No matter which type of water heater you have in your home, your diligence in maintaining it will make all the difference. If you are looking for experts to answer questions, perform an inspection, or handle repairs to your water heater, contact the pros at Bardi Heating, Cooling & Plumbing today.