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How to Maintain a Hot Water Heater in a Few Simple Steps

Isn’t it annoying to turn the shower on only to realize that there’s no hot water left? It’s nothing short of traumatizing to be blasted with freezing water when you were expecting otherwise.

In many homes, the nature of plumbing fixtures, and mostly the lack of water heater maintenance, lead to inconsistency in hot water temperature and volume.

 

Among many other problems, you could find yourself waiting for your turn until the dishes are done, or another person has taken a hot shower, in another part of the house, so that there’s hot water left for you as well.

With time and over-usage even the best hot water unit will sputter, groan and die one day. The water heater can also die before its time, damaged and broken to the point of no return.

Is there an effective way to stop the untimely death of your residential and commercial water heater?

Why Is Water Heater Maintenance Necessary?

Life and performance of your hot water heater can be prolonged with regular maintenance. This will also remove accumulated debris (rust, small pebbles, sand, and dirt) from the unit’s tank.

Water heater maintenance is also called drain and flush service, which means a professional plumber, drains the water heater’s tank. The next step is to flush away all the debris and build-up formed inside the tank.

Do you have to call the professionals for your residential water heater maintenance? Yes, absolutely! But there are some steps that you can perform yourself while waiting.

Determine If Unit is Gas or Electric

It is simple to find this out. Look around the water heater tank itself. Manufacturers are required by law to include warnings and specifications about all their units, so find a label with this information.

Does your water heater have pilot lights? There are high odds that the unit is gas powered in that case.

Lower the Temperature of the Unit

Miami Water Heater carries water heater parts with a pre-set temperature of 140 degrees Fahrenheit. However, the U.S. Department of Energy recommends setting the heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit for residential usage. Lower water temperatures also minimize the risk of scalding.

It is easy to perform this action on an electric water heater but you will need to turn the temperature dial on a gas heater’s gas valve.

Find Water Shut-Off and Pressure Release Valve – Locate Water Drain

Look at the top of the water heater to find the water shut-off valve. It looks like the circular water valves that are used for front and back yards.

The pressure valve is located in the same place as well, on the top of the water heater. There should be a label attached nearby – something done by manufacturers as per law.

You will also see piping that leads out of the water heater unit and into the wall. There should be a continuation of the piping on the other side!

Additionally, this piping shouldn’t be obstructed in any way. Remove obstructions from the area if there are as this is important.

Calling an experienced water heater servicing company is the best and most obvious solution – seeing they are better equipped to handle any unit maintenance.

Call Miami Water Heater over today!

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