Water Heater Tips with Coupon

Extending the life of your water heater can be accomplished with a few simple tasks and a quick inspection of your water heater a few times a year.

Electric water heaters typically have an expected life of 10-15 years.  You can usually find the date of manufacture in the first 4 digits of the serial number.

To inspect your water heater, start at the top and look for any signs of leaking, rust, or corrosion. A leaky tank is a red flag.  Leaks are typically caused by corrosion from the inside of the tank.

Check your shut off valve to ensure that is it functioning and not leaking.

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Shut Off Valve

Inspect the drain valve at the bottom of the tank.  Check for leaking.

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Drain Valve

It is common for sediment to accumulate at the bottom of your hot water heater. Draining this sediment/debris on a regular basis will help keep your water heater running efficiently.  A build up of sediment can result in a loss of available water, can block the transfer of heat to the water and potentially clog the drain line making it almost impossible to drain. It is a simple process that only requires opening the drain valve and allowing the water to drain until it runs clear, typically after 4 or 5 gallons.  To do that simply connect a garden hose to the drain valve located at the bottom of the tank and open valve.  Remember that with an electric water heater, you must turn the power off, because even a partial drain may expose the upper heating element to the air and permanently damage it!

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Both gas and electric water heaters have a safety device called a pressure relief valve. To check this valve simply lift the metal handle.  There should not be any leaks and water should run through.  In the event that the tank overpressurizes, the relief valve opens and releases the pressure. If the valve doesn’t operate correctly, the tank can overpressurize and explode.

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Pressure Relief Valve

The water heater temperature should be between 120-125 degrees Fahrenheit. Higher than 130F increases risk of scalding, especially for children and elderly.  Temperature fluctuations are caused by a faulty component or a mineral/sediment buildup.

Confirm a drain pan is positioned under the tank, especially if on or over the floor of living space.  This will allow a forewarning should your tank develop a leak.

If you need any help with any of these steps or are in need of a new water heater or repair, call us!

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