Why is Annual Maintenance on Your Water Heater Important?
Most people know they need to do annual maintenance on their HVAC system, but they forget about the importance of annual maintenance for their water heater. There are a number of reasons why a yearly water heater checkup is important.
All you need to do is pick up the phone and call us! We're Reno's premier plumbing company at your service. Here's what our professional plumbers can do to ensure that your water heating system is running in tip-top shape:
Check for Leaks
One of the things you should do at least once a year if not more often is to check your water heater for leaks. If the floor around your water heater is wet, it could be a sign of a leak, and if you have a leak, it could be a sign that your water heater is failing.
If the unit fails altogether, it could flood your house. If you find what looks like a leak, you should call a plumber right away
Flush the Tank
Sediment can build up in your hot water heater's storage tank over time, especially if you have hard water. That sediment can clog your water lines and also corrode your tank over time, which can cause leaks. To get rid of the sediment, you have to flush the tank.
To do this, you shut off the electricity or gas, shut off your cold water inlet, attach a garden hose to the drain valve and ensure it is going to a floor drain or outside and then you open the pressure release valve. Ensure your tank drains all the way to remove all the sediment. Doing this at least once a year will improve your energy efficiency and also prevent your water heater from failing.
Check Your Pressure Relief Valve
Your pressure relief valve releases pressure so your water heater doesn't build up pressure and explode. Checking it to see that it's working properly has very similar steps to draining your tank. You shut off the power source and the cold water inlet.
You then put a bucket under the pressure relief valve to catch any water that might be in there and trip the release valve lever to ensure it lets off pressure. If you don't hear a hissing and see water vapor or air escape, then the valve needs to be replaced.
Doing annual maintenance on your Reno water heater can ensure it operates properly and also catch any issues before they cause big problems.
If you haven't had your Reno, NV water heating system checked out, call Ira Hansen Plumbing at 775-626-7777!