How to Maintain a Water Heater

How to Maintain a Water Heater 

Though it may be hard to believe, the average person uses approximately 80 to 100 gallons of water per day. Water is used when flushing the toilet, washing hands, cooking, showering or bathing, and running the washing machine or dishwasher. In order to accomplish many of our daily needs, heated water is essential. A water heater is a fixture that supplies hot water. It is typically located in a garage, basement, or even outside. There are different types of water heaters, some of which include conventional storage water heaters, tankless water heaters, solar water heaters, and heat pump water heaters. If not maintained properly, a water heater may not function reliably or live up to its lifespan. Learn helpful maintenance tips to ensure your system performs effectively with the experts at Stephens Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning. 

Remove Sediment 

Unfortunately, sediment buildup can occur, affecting the temperature of the water, energy costs, and how long the system lasts. To prevent these issues and more from happening, it is important to flush out the sediment from the water heater. To remove it, it is critical to first turn off the heater. Once this is done, find the cold water valve and turn it off as well. Before the sediment is able to be flushed, it is important to ensure the water is no longer hot. When the water is cool enough, you can attach a garden hose to the drain valve and open it, allowing the water to drain into a bucket or tub. Next, you need to close the drain and begin filling the tank again. Finally, don’t forget to turn the cold water valve back on as well as the heater!

Adjust the Temperature

Another way to maintain your water heater is by adjusting the temperature. Doing this allows you to save in energy costs and it also helps with slowing down sediment from building up. We recommend adjusting the temperature to 120 degrees. 

Test the Temperature and Pressure Relief Valve

Testing the temperature and pressure relief valve is also important for water heater maintenance. The purpose of this valve is to make sure that pressure is relieved in the event that the water temperature gets too high. Without it, the water heater could explode. The valve should be tested every six months. 

Take Care of Issues Immediately

If you notice that something is not right with your water, it is important to contact a plumber right away. Some of the common water heater issues involve a lack of hot water, discolored water, a leak in the tank, low water pressure, and strange noises coming from the heater itself. 

Maintain a Water Heater With Service From Stephens 

Need assistance with maintaining your water heater? Stephens is here to help! In addition to our maintenance services, we also offer water heater replacement, repair, and installation. Our team of skilled technicians is knowledgeable with a wide range of water heating systems, so you can rely on us to get the job done effectively and efficiently. We know how important a functioning water heater is, which is why we can set up scheduled maintenance times so you don’t have to stress or worry. To schedule an appointment or learn more about our plumbing services, contact us today! Quality work and service are guaranteed.