A water heater with a high heating efficiency doesn’t come cheap. That is why it is important to maintain it regularly to prolong its lifespan for a couple of years, especially if you still don’t have enough budget in buying one. Checking the heater on a semi-annual basis helps sustain the heater’s efficiency. You can always ask help from a specialist if you don’t have the time to check your unit on your own.
If your water is starting to discolor and smell like rotten eggs, it’s probably about time to drain and flush your water heater. This is a common problem if the sediments are not flushed out regularly. Once the hard water minerals build up, it is possible for the tank lining to rust and corrode in the long run. If the water still smells bad, you might have a deteriorated anode rod.
Charge water molecules inside the tank are all absorbed by the sacrificial anode rod installed in it. Inspect it regularly and replace it once it measures less than of an inch. Prevent the sediment from building up to keep the water heater in tip-top shape.
To protect your tank from overheating, adjust the temperature between 120 to 130 degrees Fahrenheit. Setting the temperature too low can let the bacteria stay inside the tank while setting it too high can cause the relieve valve to open more often. Rust stains can develop if water continues to leak from the T&P valve.
If your unit is not heating water, it is safe to assume that the heating element gasket is not working. If the problem continues after replacing the gasket, you may have to call a specialist immediately. Taking immediate action is important to avoid taking cold showers for a day or two.
Inspect the T&P valve regularly to recognize signs of leaks in the early stage. This relief valve is responsible for releasing excessive pressure inside the tank. You can test it by lifting and releasing the valve to observe the water flow. If you notice drips of water coming from the relief valve, replace it immediately.
Flush and drain your water heater to fight against rust and corrosion. Draining minimizes the sediment build up, improves water quality and heating efficiency all at the same time. Be careful of hot water leaks since these can give you scalding burns.
Contact a specialist for proper water heater maintenance. Do not attempt to do it on your own if you don’t have the right knowledge and tools in doing so. Attempting to maintain your water heater without professional help can put your life on the line, which can lead to serious accidents.