Your Hot Water Heater
It is difficult even to imagine our lives without a water heater. The hot water shower that we all need after a tiring day at work, who would not want that?
Majority of the people install water heaters and do not maintain it, which affects its functioning and reduce its lifespan. Regularly maintaining the water heater is important if you want it to function perfectly for a long time.
Want to increase the lifespan of your water heaters? Follow these effective tips that will help you maintain the water heaters and make it function at its best for a longer time.
Water Heater Temperature-Pressure Relief Valve
Start the maintenance process by testing the TPR valve. The TPR valve functions when the pressure in the tank exceeds the limit. To test the valve, first, place a bucket under the pipe that connects to the TPR valve. You may find it on top or the side of the water tank. Proceed to the next step by shutting off the cold-water and power valves. Let some water out by lifting the tap. Let go of the valve after a minute. Observe the valve; if the water does not stop flowing, there is a fault in the valve. Replace the old valve after draining the tank and unscrewing the old valve.
Water Heater Anode Rod
Another important element on the water heater maintenance checklist is checking the anode rod. Let out a few gallons from water tank by putting a hose to the drain cock of the tank. Unscrew the anode rod by fitting one 1/16-inch socket on its hexagonal head which you may find on top of the heater or under the top plate of the heater. Measure the thickness of the anode rod, if it is thinner than half of inch, or you see extracts of calcium on it, the rid needs replacement. Buy a new anode rod for your water heater and before you place it in its place, wrap the thread of the rod with Teflon tape. Make sure you tightly screw it back to its position.
Water Heater Sediment
The tanks of water heater may contain sediment, which negatively impacts the performance of the heater. Drain the water from the tank and stir the sediment which is lying at the bottom of the tank. Do it while briefly opening the cold-water supply. Repeat the steps until clean and clear water comes out of the hose. After you see clean water coming out of the tank’s hose, close the drain cock. Make sure to turn the power off before you start with this process of washing out the sediment.
Insulation of the Pipes and the Water Heater
Insulating the hot and cold-water pipes of the water heater prevents condensation, which may deposit rust on the pipes. Purchase foam pipe insulation not thicker than 3/8 inch. Ensure that it matches the diameter of the pipes of your heater. Get insulating blanket for the body of the heater. Do not cover the top if you have oil or gas water heaters in your home.
Follow these tips to maintain the water heaters in your home effectively. Incorporating these tips will help you in increasing the lifespan of the heaters. You can save money by preventing any major water damage due to malfunctioning water heaters.