There are a few basic steps that you can take if you want to get the most efficient use from a water heater. In most instances these suggestions will even keep those older water heaters in perfect condition.
One of the most overlooked options with water heaters is the fact that you can shut them down when you are going to be away from home for an extended period of time. This will save wear and tear on the heating unit. This move will also save you some big bucks when you check your utility bill.
A yearly maintenance check-up can prevent many problems with water heaters. If you want to maximize the performance of your water heater and also save money on your utility bills then this is the first thing that should be done.
All of these water heating units require attention and maintenance from time to time. Solar powered heaters, gas operated heating units and electric water heaters are not that difficult to understand. Always consult the owner’s manual first and familiarize yourself with the standard parts of the unit that you are inspecting.
A thorough visual inspection should be sufficient to find any places where dripping water might be presenting a problem. Be sure that there is a good light source that you can use during this inspection. Sometimes water can pool beneath an outlet valve, or hide under the heating unit. Dark stains around the water heater are a sure tip-off that there is an issue with a water leak.
Check the overflow pipe located along the top of your water heater. You should be able to find a small pressure release valve. If you apply a little pressure you can make sure that the pressure release valve is operating correctly. When you pull on this safety valve some water will be released from the pipe. If you are unable to wiggle the pressure release valve, or if no water is seen, then you should contact a quality plumber and ask for their help.
At least once each year you should drain the water tank and check for any rusted areas. There is a spigot which is located along the bottom edge of each of these tanks. When you clear the water from the heating unit you will also be able to remove any mineral deposits and sediment that may have accumulated.
If you are going to invest money in a good water heater you owe it to yourself to help maintain this appliance. A little time and effort on your part will pay dividends in the future and that water heater should be operating at its peak performance level for many years.
It is advisable to consult a professional in case one is not confident of handling a problem. Call us today at (803) 513-5749 to take advantage of our expertise and have your system maintained the right way in your Columbia home.