The Importance Of Regularly Maintaining Your Water Heater

A water heater is an appliance that until there’s a problem, something that we never think of.  Giving plenty of warm water for showers, laundry, and the dishes to us, we figure everything is going fine.  When our energy bills go up, we guess it’s the gas or electric companies not our water heater with an increasing amount of energy to heat our water.

In fact, your home’s water heater suffers more wear and tear compared to almost any other pipes appliance in your house.  “What is that?”  you ask.  It’s because it’s running all of the time.  Day and night that the alloy inside your water heater tank soaks in a hot water bath which, unless your home’s water, comes loaded with sediment, minerals and other chemical substances that accelerate metal corrosion.  Compounds that settle on the interior of the water heater’s tank in a thick coating of mud and rust which reduces your heater’s efficiency and eats away the metal catastrophically fails all over the carpet and your hardwood floors.

In comparison to many other family chores, water heater maintenance is actually pretty simple, and yet a surprising number of individuals don’t know how to do it.  A homeowner can add years of life by flushing the tank of sediment once every 6 weeks.

To flush your heater’s hot water tank, you may need:

Eye protection (hot water and/or sand in your eyes is not any pleasure, believe me.)

A set of pliers

Possibly a screwdriver

A nozzle 

You can use a normal garden hose.  You may wish to consider buying a dedicated hose which you can leave connected to the water heater and just unroll every time.  In addition to saving you the trouble of lugging a hose into your home, this will also reduce the wear.  Most modern heaters have nylon (vinyl ) spigots for their own drain.  If your hose has metal threads, then repeatedly taking it off and on will eventually strip the threads and you’ll be calling a plumber to come to replace them before you need to replace the device.

Step 1 – Cut the power for your water heater

Go to your electrical service panel.  Find and turn off the breaker to your water heater.  If you don’t, your heater will keep running, trying as you flush it down the drain to heat water.  Just don’t forget to turn it back on when you are done. 

Step 2 – Locate the water heater’s drain

The drain to your water heater will probably be close to the base of the tank and should look like a garden hose spigot. 

Step 3 – Attach the hose to the water heater

Make certain to twist the hose all the way onto the drain.  The water will be full of rust and sand and it will be under pressure.  You’ll have one huge mess to clean up thus, if needed, use pliers to twist it all of the ways onto the bib if the hose comes loose.  By the identical token, don’t over tighten or you’ll be phoning your plumber to replace the drain spigot long until you are going to require a heater. 

Step 4 – Stick the hose out the window

. . .or out the door or in a slop sink.  Be certain that doesn’t wind up creating a wreck someplace else.  Remember, you are currently removing months or even years of sediment and minerals.  This is not.  It will come from the hose under pressure that is total, so be sure to anchor it down and take action to prevent splashing.

Step 5 – Open the drain

To open the drain valve on Whirlpool water heaters, such as this one, you’ll need a screwdriver.  Other brands may have handled in their valves or require a different instrument.  Open the drain valve until you’ve got flow.

Step 6 – Let it drain

Depending on how long you have waited to flush your system, you may need to let your water heater empty for anywhere from five to twenty minutes.  The water may be brown and you’ll see flakes of little and sand, scale stones.  You’ll know you are done when the water runs clear.  Don’t worry, before the water is 100% clear if you run out of time.  Your hot water will be clean as it had been, just come back in a month or 2 along with the sediment will resettle at the bottom of the tank and drain the water heater again.

Step 7 – shut the valve and put away your hose

This step does not need a lot of clarification.

Step 8 – Turn your water heater again on

Do not forget this step or your shower in the morning is going to be a good deal colder than you’d prefer.  Even though the majority of the water that you drained from the heater tank came from the source line at the base, a fantastic section of the water that was in the cap of the tank got flushed out too.  Based on the dimensions and type of heater you have, it will require two or an hour for the water to go back to normal temperature.

Regularly Maintaining Your Water Heater Can Save You Thousands

Ask ten plumbers how long the normal water heater will survive and you’ll get ten distinct answers.  Part of the reason behind this is sediment content and water mineral is dependent on you get your own water and where you live.  The EPA requires municipalities to present annual reports.  Click here to learn more about water heaters.  However, the answers will likely fall in a particular range.  At a house without a water purification or purification, and with no flushing of sediment, a water heater would be expected by many pipes to last between five to seven years.

With regular flushing, most plumbers would agree, you can easily extend the life of a water heater up to eight to twelve decades.  Add whole house water filtration and your own water heater could last up to 15 decades.

For questions on flushing your water heater, contact the manufacturer or your local plumber.

Prevent Damage For Your Own Water Heater

First I like to start with, what does HVAC repairs prevention actually implies.  When there might be a potential problem, it’s having the capacity to understand basic home building principles and knowledge.  Some of these home problems, particularly, water damage problems, may result in expensive repair bills later on.

A little while ago, I went to fix a rental home where the water heater had been leaking for quite some time and had ruined the platform that it sat and the walls that it was now leaning against.  One of the garage walls now helped to support this water heater that was damaged.

Your water heater is something that should be visually inspected on a regular basis.  This is something that you will definitely be interested in, Should you have the home.  You may take a look over your water heater on a regular basis, particularly if you’ve had to replace one in the past.

Now, this makes sense, to some homeowner.  But if you’re renting your house, this could be a totally different mindset for your renters, who don’t care that much about the house that they are currently paying an excessive amount of money to live in.

I’ve discovered that many renters rarely take care of the property because they view your home like that, it is not theirs and they are already paying too much money to live there.  However much money you are charging your renters, it will be too much and with that said, they normally have no interest in maintaining your property.

In case you don’t want to pay for ridiculous home repair costs, you are going to need to inspect your premises on a regular basis.  You.  I would recommend that you inspect your rental homes every month at a minimum.

The water heater and water damage that I replaced price the homeowner around $1500 and it might have been avoided, if the leak could have been fixed for under $100 and if you did it for under $20.