Maintaining your home's water heater is an essential task. However, this can be an appliance that is very easy to overlook, which can lead to it being neglected. In order to avoid these problems, you will want to make sure that you are using the following water heater maintenance tips to ensure that your unit is safe from some particularly common problems.
Look For Corrosion
Corrosion can be one of the more serious issues that your water heater may be unfortunate enough to encounter. As the corrosion worsens, it can make the unit far more likely to start to develop leaks or other issues. Once the corrosion has become severe enough to cause leaks to form, replacing the water heater may be the best option. However, if you catch the corrosion soon after it forms, it may be possible to simply remove the rust with a wire brush. You can prevent it from quickly returning by using a sealant to protect the metal components.
Flush The Tank
Sediment accumulating in the water heater's tank can be a common issue to encounter. This is often an unavoidable problem because the water that is flowing into your home will likely contain these sediments, and they will gradually sink to the bottom of the water heater. Due to the fact that the heating element is often at the bottom of the water heater, this can severely reduce the ability of your unit to effectively provide hot water.
To remove these sediments, you will want to flush the water heater. Luckily, this is a fairly simple process. There will be a drainage valve located near the bottom of the unit. By attaching a garden hose to this valve, you can easily drain the water from the tank, which will also remove any sediment that is in it. Ideally, you will want to do this type of maintenance at least every year, but you may need to do it more frequently if your water contains high concentrations of sediments.
Clean The Area Around The Tank
It can be easy to overlook the importance of the area around the water heater. However, there are vents on the water heater that are responsible for making sure that the burner is receiving enough air and that the heat generated by the pump is dissipated. If these vents become blocked, the unit may start to overheat or fail to ignite the burner. In addition to minimizing the clutter and dust around the water heater, you will also want to regularly wipe down the vents to remove any dust and dirt that has start to accumulate.
Contact a company like A & L Plumbing for more help.