As homeowners, we often take our hot water heater for granted. We rarely stop to think about how much we rely on it for bathing, cleaning, running dishwashers and doing laundry. The moment something goes wrong, however, we realize just how important this frequently overlooked appliance is to our comfort and well-being. To make sure your hot water heater continues to work its best, we’ve put together a few simple tips to keep it operating seamlessly.
Check Regularly for Leaks in and Around Your Water Heater. Make sure that there is no standing water and there are no signs of water damage. If you do suspect a leak, call a plumbing professional to come and repair the problem.
Drain Your Tank. A couple of times a year, hook up a garden hose to your hot water heater and drain some water out. This is an easy way to remove any debris that has collected in your tank and helps to maintain its efficiency.
Reduce the Temperature. If your hot water ever comes out too hot to touch, you’ve got the temperature set way too high. Set your thermostat to 120 degrees Fahrenheit to ensure that you are not needlessly overheating water – and of course to make sure that no one in your home gets accidentally scalded!
Check for Water Quality. Take a look at the water coming out of your tank. Does it look rusty or have bits of sediment in it? If so, it’s time to call in a plumber to assess the situation.
Test your Temperature and Pressure Relief Valve. This important component ensures that neither the pressure nor the temperature in your tank exceeds safety requirements. Make sure it’s working by opening the valve and making sure that water comes out easily and stops as soon as you close the valve.