The water heater is a very important appliance in many homes due to its various important uses in the house. This is why you must know how to carry out your water heater maintenance to ensure that it stays efficient for a long time. For proper maintenance, you also need to carry out water heater inspection to check for leaks and areas where you can carry out a water heater tuneup like adding insulation to help reduce heat loss in your water heating system.
By caring for your water heater, you can be sure that you are getting the best out of your hot water heater.
Here are a few tips on how to maintain your hot water heater:
Test your TPR valve
To test your TPR (Temperature and pressure release) valve, the first thing you need to do is turn off the power and the cold-water supply to your water heater unit. Place a container or bucket under the pipe that is connected to the TPR valve, usually located on the side or top of the tank. The function of the valve is to open when the pressure in the tank becomes too high. To check if your valve is still fine, you need to lift the valve’s tab to allow some water out, then let go of the tab. The water is supposed to stop flowing when you let go of the valve. However, if the water continues to flow, then the valve is bad. You need to drain the tank hallway to unscrew the old valve and install a new one.
Check your anode rod
Your anode rod is prone to two things, calcium deposit depending on the type of water you have, and also general wear of the rod.
While the power supply to your hot water heater is still turned off, drain out a few gallons of water from the water heater’s tank through the drain cock. Unscrew the anode rod with the use of an 11/16-inch socket wrench. Check the rod to see if it is coated with calcium or if the radius is less than ½ inch thick, If any of this is true, buy a new rod. Wrap the threads of the new rod with Teflon tape before putting it back in the tank and make sure that you screw it in very tightly.
Drain the tank to wash out residue
While your water heater is still turned off, drain the water left in the tank into a container or a bucket. Open the cold-water supply for a limited time to allow the sediment in the tank’s bottom to be disturbed. Drain the water in the tank again and open the cold-water supply again to stir the remaining sediment in the tank. Repeat this process until clean water comes out of the drain of your hot water heater.
Close the drain of your water heater before turning it back on.
Insulating the pipes
With the use of self-sticking pipe insulation foam, you can easily prevent the condensation of water in cold water pipes in the summer, and it will help to prevent the hot water pipe from losing heat during transportation. Put enough tape around both pipes to match the diameter of the pipe and apply the self-sticking pipe insulation foam to all the areas that your hand can reach.
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