4 Water Heater Maintenance Tips

Knowing how to properly maintain your water heater ensures that you will not have to replace it for a longer period of time. This is going to help save you money in the end and even save on energy costs since your water heater will run more efficiently. Here are four water heater maintenance tips that you should know:

  1. Know How To Turn Off The Power Supply and Water: There are two instances where you are going to have to know how to turn off the power or fuel supply to your water heater, as well as the water. One would be in the case of a leak and the other in the case that you smell gas. The disconnect switch is typically located a few feet from the water heater itself. The water shutoff is usually located above the water heater. Knowing where these shutoff valves are can save you from major damages to your home. You don't want to have to wait until a plumber shows up to turn these off. 
  2. Keep The Area Around The Water Heater Clear: First off, the water heater has a gas-fired unit in it that needs a good supply of oxygen. If the area surrounding the water heater is cluttered with stuff, the oxygen supply could be lowered and the water heater will not work as efficiently. Also, if the water heater starts to leak, you probably won't notice it right away if there is too much stuff in the way blocking the view. 
  3. Drain Your Water Heater: Once a year, your water heater should be drained. You simply release the drain valve into a 5-gallon bucket (if that's the correct size for your water heater). Dump down the sink drain, not in your yard since the hot water will kill the plants in your landscaping. Then you can fill the heater back up and set it to the desired thermostat temperature. If, after you have drained 5 gallons of water, you notice that there is a great deal of debris, then you want to hire professional plumbers to do a full flush of the water heater for you. 
  4. Receive Annual Inspections: It is a good idea to hire professional plumbers to do an annual inspection of your water heater. They will check for signs of leaks, corrosion, and more. This ensures that any problems your water heater might have will be caught and repaired early before it can cause any damage to your home and the water heater itself. 

By following these maintenance tips, you can ensure that major damages are prevented, you save money, and more. For more information, contact companies like Ace Plumbing, Heating and Air.