How to Maintain Your Water Heater

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How to Maintain Your Water Heater

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When it comes to making sure your water heater lasts, maintenance is the key. There are some common mistakes that you can avoid when it comes to proper water heater maintenance in Brooklyn.

The obvious first is that your water heater needs to be installed correctly, which should be left to a professional Brooklyn plumber. Once professionally installed, your water heater should last about 10 years or longer if it is regularly maintained.

Read on to learn about some ways to help keep your water heater healthy so you can put off water heater replacement for as long as possible. Of course, if you have any questions or need help, the Brooklyn water heater pros at Petri are always available!

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5 Water Heater Maintenance Tips

1) Test the Temperature Valve

It is important to test the temperature and pressure valve once a year. We all have busy daily lives, but if you neglect this maintenance you can develop a dangerous pressure build up. When that happens, your tank can actually rupture. It could cause your tank and its parts to fail before your ten year mark.

Test the temperature and pressure (T&P) relief valve that’s on the top of the tank. To test it, place a bucket on the floor underneath the pipe connected to the valve, then flip the valve open to make sure that water comes out. If water does not flow through the valve or if the valve is always dripping, call us. The T&P relief valve is an important safety device and it must work properly. Never cap off the pipe coming from the valve.

Another maintenance mistake to avoid is not paying attention to any possible dripping that may be coming from your valve. The temperature and pressure should be checked to see if it is within the correct limits. If you are not sure what the correct limits are, contact your local Brooklyn plumber to get this information.

2) Empty Your Tank to Clean Out Sediment 

Over time, sediment collects and moves to the bottom of your water heater’s tank. Your tank should be emptied yearly. If this maintenance gets neglected, it can hurt the heating efficiency of your water heater, resulting in higher energy costs on your water bill. Again, proper maintenance will help your tank last the ten years it is supposed to.

Drain and flush limescale sediments from the bottom of the tank once a year. There’s a hose drain valve near the bottom of the tank. Connect a short length of hose to the valve and drain it into a bucket or into a floor drain. Drain about two or three gallons or until the water coming out is clear.

3) Check for Rust and the Anode Rod

 As we all know, a steel tank can rust and cause a tank to leak. However there is a fix to this issue without buying a new tank. A sacrificial anode rod can be attached to your water heater. With this solution, there is some maintenance that should not be forgotten about. These rods should be checked periodically in case they need to be replaced. Contact your local Brooklyn plumber to find out more about these anode rods.

Give us a call if there’s water on the floor underneath your water heater — there may be a leak.

4) Check Your Heating Elements (for Electric Tank Heaters)

Electric tank water heaters have two heating elements, one near the top of the tank and one near the bottom. If you’re not getting any hot water, there’s probably an electrical-related problem. 

First, check the circuit breaker to see if there’s power to the water heater. Next, check the thermostat. There’s a service panel cover on the side of the tank that covers the thermostat. Remove the cover. The thermostat on an electric water heater rests against the side of the tank in order to measure the temperature of the tank. There’s an emergency cutoff on the thermostat that looks like a red button. If it’s popped out, give us a call.

If you’re getting inadequate hot water, one of the heating elements may be burned out and will have to be replaced. We can do that for you.

5) Hire a Licensed Plumber

The last maintenance mistake is a simple one: all relief valves and safety controls should be inspected by a licensed plumber. If you avoid these mistakes your water heater should last you at least ten long years or more.

Bonus Tip: Consider Going Tankless

If you’re having any issues with your hot water heater, reach out to the experts at Petri Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Drain Cleaning for water heater service in Brooklyn. We handle repair, installation and everything in between!

A lot of people have opted for tankless water heaters in Brooklyn lately. They’re a good choice if you have a large family or otherwise require continuous hot water. Tankless water heaters also last a long time if they’re properly maintained. Scale buildup is the enemy of tankless heaters. We can install a prefilter for your tankless heater. The unit also needs to be descaled once a year. It’s a simple operation that’s done by pumping white vinegar through the heater for about an hour. Call us for this necessary service!

Contact The Brooklyn Water Heater Pros

Time for water heater maintenance? Contact Petri Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Drain Cleaning & Heating, Inc. today for an in-home consultation. We’ll make sure your water heater is well taken care of for the best return in your home’s investment!

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