Do You Know the Best Ways to Take Care of Your Water Heater?
Water heaters are a vital part of a home that you probably don’t think about on a regular basis. You go throughout your day using hot water, not focusing on where it’s coming from.
And that’s okay, but we’re here today because we want to try and change your mind. We want to convince you that every now and then you should be thinking about your water heater.
There are certain safety and efficiency tips we can provide that will not only ensure you and your family is kept safe from potential harm surrounding your water heater, but also that it will continue to work reliably.
Here’s our list of do’s and don’ts:
DO set the hot water temperature below 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
DO test the safety relief valve at least once a year to ensure proper operation (This device protects the heater from overpressurizing and from exceeding 210 degrees Fahrenheit).
DO follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for the recommended maintenance schedule (typically once a year).
DO keep the area around your hot water heater clean and free of flammable materials.
DO flush your hot water heater through the drain valve at least once a year to remove sediment build-up (by doing this, you are saving yourself from an early replacement).
DO set the hot water temperature to it’s lowest temperature if you are leaving for a vacation or an extended period of time. This will not only reduce the risk of any problems occurring while you are away, but it will also save you money.
DO NOT allow plaque and sediment to build up in your tank.
DO NOT keep combustible material within 18 inches of the hot water heater.
DO NOT set your water heater temperature above 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
DO NOT wait too long to call in for repairs, especially if you notice a leak.
DO NOT leave children unattended around a hot water heater.
DO NOT make contact with the flue when insulating older units with a fiberglass jacket to improve efficiency.
We want your water heater to be as safe and efficient as possible and we hope these tips help make it so! Call Roy’s today for any water heater questions, or for any installation or repair needs.