At Mason Plumbing, we believe a little water heater maintenance can go a long way toward reducing the number and frequency of repairs & services, and actually helps to extend the life of your water heater, avoiding early replacement. Learn how maintaining your water heater can affect its lifespan and give you fewer shocking moments of cold water.
Mason Plumbing provides emergency water heater service, repair and maintenance when you and your family need it the most. If you’re interested in our other plumbing services, we offer pipe repair, faucet & toilet repairs, water filtration systems, drain line repair, and much more.
Check Pressure Valve
- Both gas and electric water heaters have a safety device called a temperature and pressure relief value. You always want to make sure the valve operates correctly, because if the tank over pressurizes it can explode if the valve doesn’t work.
- To test the T&P valve simply lift on the lever part way, then let go and allow it to rapidly snap back. You should hear a gurgling sound as the valve allows some water to be released into the drain tube. If nothing happened, then your valve needs to be replaced.
Flush the water heater tank or drain your water heater
- Sediment buildup in the tank can reduce your water heater’s efficiency and could possible clog your water lines. Increase the life of your water heater by flushing the tank then checking the pressure release valve.
- At least do a mini flush to prevent rust, corrosion and improve efficiency. Although a full tank flush is best, performing the full flush can take more work and even be done as part of an annual maintenance plan you receive from Mason Plumbing.
- Draining helps ensure the long life of your water heater by flushing out minerals and other debris that may cause it to malfunction, which will help reduce the number of repairs as well.
- If you leave for the summer, it may be a good idea to drain you water heater to ensure there will be no leaks while you’re away. But don’t forget to fill it back up when you return for the beautiful fall weather. Hot water will be appreciated as the weather starts to cool down!
Check the Water Heater Temperature
- This lowered setting will protect the tank from overheating and will reduce the energy used to heat the water. Your water heater should be set between 120 and 140 degrees.
Specific to Gas Water Heaters
- Check the venting system: At least every three months, look at your water heater’s vents and look for any obstruction or damage to the piping.
- Check the pilot light: This acts as the ignition for the gas burner that heats your water. A clean pilot light maximizes your water heater’s efficiency.
Specific to Electric Water Heaters
- Insulate: Did you know that wrapping your water heater with insulation helps to reduce your energy bills? It can also help extend the life of your unit.
- Check the heating element: These elements need to be replaced occasionally, so doing a periodic inspection can prevent any unexpected interruption in hot water.
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