Taking Care of your Water Heater
Water heaters are designed to provide years of service with relatively little maintenance required. Although the water heater is not a particularly complex device, water heaters do require some care in order to remain fully functional. Keeping water heaters in good condition requires following a few basic rules.
One of the biggest issues that can cause problems with water heaters is also one of the easiest issues to resolve. Because water heaters are typically kept in out of the way places, such as closets or basements, people tend to use the areas directly around water heaters to store unwanted or rarely used household items. While this may seem like a good idea, water heaters actually require at least some clear space around them in order to keep functioning properly.
Sediment buildup occurs in every water heater. A small amount of sediment won’t cause any problems in the short term. Over the long term, as sediment continues to build up, the functioning of a water heater can be severely impaired. In order to avoid serious damage, sediment should be removed periodically.
Most water heaters contain a temperature and pressure relief valve. This valve works as a
failsafe ensuring that the water heater doesn’t explode in case of a sudden buildup of pressure. This valve should be checked periodically. Replacing a malfunctioning valve can prevent potentially dangerous accidents from occurring.
Water heaters work better when they are insulated. Insulating a water heater allows it to run more efficiently, extending its useful life and lowering the cost of using the heater. Insulating blankets for water heaters can be purchased at most hardware stores.
The best way to maintain a water heater is to have it serviced on a regular basis.
Because water heaters work in the background, most people give little thought to them until a problem occurs. Scheduling annual water heater maintenance insures that waters heaters continue to provide safe and reliable service.
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