How important is your water heater to you? Having a water heater is essential in every household. However, there are homeowners who neglected to maintain the unit. In most cases, you felt that your expenses were not recouped due to the shortened lifespan of your water heater. Therefore, let us give justice to your upfront expenses by simply maintaining the appliance that you have purchased.
Below are our hassle-free-tips in maintaining your water heater.
Check the Pressure Valve.
TPR or the Temperature Pressure Relief valve is a safety valve that opens and releases pressure. Once the tank is over pressurised it may result in an explosion.
How to Check The Pressure Valve?
First things first, always wear protective clothing and apparatuses while performing and doing the maintenance of your water heater.
Step 1: Shut off the power of the unit. It may be electric or gas. If it is electric, turn it off and if it is gas powered, switch it to pilot.
Step 2: Turn off or block the cold water entrance to the water heater.
Step 3: Place a bucket for the water flowing from the temperature pressure relief valve.
Step 4: Then, pull the trip lever on the valve and be mindful of these signs – slight hush of air or vapor exit before you drain the tank and replace the valve.
Drain the Tank.
Avoid the sediment build up of your water heater’s tank by flushing the tanks every time you are checking the temperature of the pressure relief valve.
How to Drain the Tank?
Step 1: Follow step 1 and 2 on how to check the pressure relief valve in the first step.
Step 2: Connect a garden hose to the drain valve of the tank.
Step 3: Locate the draining end of the hose in a place where it cannot be affected by the scalding hot water.
Step 4: Since the TPR valve is open, open the drain valve and let the tank drain completely. Have a strainer to strain and filter the sediments that will come out from the valve. Draining the tank will ensure you that you have removed all the possible sediment in the tank.
Step 5: Fill the tank with cold water partially and repeat step 4. Keep on doing these 2 steps to make sure that there are no sediments left, for you to know if it is clear already is that the water releasing from the valve is completely clear.
Step 6: Once everything is all set, close the tank’s drain valve, remove the hose from the valve and close the pressure relief valve.
Step 7: Now, open all the hot water nozzle in the house, then turn on the cold water inlet to the tank.
Step 8: Close the hot water nuzzles once water will begin to flow from it. Once they are all closed, turn on the power of your water heater.
Check for possible leaks and drips.
There are various reasons why a water heater leaks. It could be the unit is already old and rust as well as corrode are already building up. Check if there’s a possible leak and drips from your water heater as this issue needs an immediate action.
How to locate leak and drips?
Step 1: Often, leaks are due to a failure of the water supply connections. To prevent this, use good materials for your water system and check it regularly.
Step 2: A drip from the TPR valve discharge usually means that a thermal expansion tank is what you need or it is needed rather.
We hope you find these hassle-free tips helpful in maintaining your water heater.