Your gas water heater is an essential plumbing appliance that makes our everyday lives a lot more convenient and comfortable. However, not all of us are aware that proper and consistent care is required to keep it great condition. Regular maintenance truly has its advantages not only when it comes to the efficiency of the machine but also to its longevity. Here are some maintenance tips you should follow!
1. First of all, you should turn off the heating source of your water heater. You should only work on it while it’s off to avoid accidents.
2. Prepare your supplies: a pair of gloves, bucket and garden hose.
3. Turn the water supply valve off to prevent water from filling the tank. This is usually found at the top of the water heater.
4. Afterward, connect the garden hose to the water drain of the tank. The other end of the garden hose should run to a floor drain or into your bucket. This way, the water will flow right into the container instead of flooding your basement.
5. The water may stop while draining the tank. That’s alright. Just release the pressure from the tank through the T&P valve then continue with the draining process. If the water is still dirty, fill the tank half way then drain it again. Continue doing so until the water becomes almost clean.
6. Disconnect the garden hose and put the bucket under the drain cock. Turn the water supply on as well the drain and let the sediments flow out of the tank.
7. When all the sediments are out, refill the tank. Once the tank is filled up, turn the power source on again.
8. Remember, to keep the heating system in good shape, just keep the temperature at 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Doing so will not only reduce your electricity costs but also prolong the life of your water heater.
9. To test if the T&P valve is working properly, you have to lift the valve’s tab. Make sure that it’s going to let some water out. Let go of the tab and wait for the valve to close. If water keeps on flowing out of the tab, call a technician. Chances are, the T&P valve is already damaged.
10. Check the anode rod of your water heater. This is responsible for keeping your water heater tank corrosion-free. If it’s already coated with calcium or if it’s less than half an inch thick, it should be replaced.
11. To keep the water heater at its utmost efficiency level, insulate the supply pipes and the tank. Use foam pipe insulation that will match the diameter of the pipes. For the water heater tank, you can use an insulating blanket.
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