By Kevin Barton
As professional plumbers in the Las Vegas area we spend lots of time installing new water heaters. If customers followed these 3 simple steps, we guarantee we’d spend less time. Because the service time for installed water heaters would be lengthened by 5 or more years.
Water heaters are quiet and generally run without incident providing us with hot water for showers, cleaning, and cooking needs. Whether electric or gas, water heaters are very reliable, and no one notices them because they can last for a 10 years or even longer when we adhere to the maintenance schedule provided by the water heater manufacturer or the plumber who installed the water heater. As a professional plumbers, we see too many water heaters that don’t make it as long as they should have if the owner had only followed this 3-step annual maintenance plan.
1. Dial Down the Temperature 2. Test the T&P (temperature and pressure) Relief Valve 3. Do a Mini-Flush How to do this annual maintenance program.
1. Dial Down the Temperature 2. Check the T&P (temperature and pressure) Relief Valve 3. Perform a Mini-Flush
1. Check your water heater temperature setting: Go to the temperature setting dial on your water heater. It will be a knob on the gas valve or a thermostat behind an electric water heater panel. Dial the temperature setting down so it is between 115 to 120 degrees F. This lowered setting will protect the tank from overheating and will reduce the energy used to heat the water.
2. The temperature and pressure relief valve is crucial to ensure safety and proper operation of your water heater. This is a simple but important valve and it can be easily tested: To check the T&P valve simply lift up on the lever part of the way, then release it and let it it rapidly snap back. You should hear a bubbling noise as the valve lets some of the water released into the drain tube. If the T&P valve didn’t make any noise, then it is bad and you need to replace it. So call your professional plumber to do this safely.
3. Removal of sediments from the bottom of the tank is important to prevent rust, corrosion and improve efficiency. Although a full water heater tank draining and flush is best, performing a full flush is a bit of work and requires shutting down the water heater. This mini-flush works well, takes a fraction of the time and allows you to do it while the water heater is running: Place a bucket under the drain valve found near the bottom of the tank. Some drain valves have a handle. Others have a short handle-less stem with a slot for a flat blade screwdriver. Turn the valve counter-clockwise to release a few gallons of water into the bucket. Close the valve by turning it clockwise and drain the bucket.
As a professional plumber in the Las Vegas area we spend lots of time installing new water heaters. If customers follow these 3 simple steps, we guarantee we’d spend less time because the service time for installed water heaters would be extended by 5 or more years.
Too many times we install new water heaters in Las Vegas earlier than necessary because the homeowner didn’t implement proper maintenance. Oracle Plumbing definitely loves the business, but we also like to recommend that our customers use a water heater maintenance program to extend the life of their investment.
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