Your gas water heater is an indispensable plumbing appliance. Because of its high upfront cost, you should take care of and use it properly. And while we recommend calling a licensed plumber to fix water heater problems, there are certainly some maintenance tasks that you can do on your own. Here are some gas water heater maintenance tips that you should know.
1. The first thing that you should check is the heating system’s TPR (Temperature and Pressure Relief) valve. This is usually found at the side of the tank. Lift the TPR valve’s tab in order to let some of water out. Afterward, just let go. The tab should go back to its original position. If water will continuously flow out of the valve, you should drain the tank halfway. Remove the screw of the valve using a pipe wrench and then install a replacement.
2. Inspect the anode rod of the water heater tank. You should let some water out of the tank through the drain cock. After that, fit a socket onto the anode rod’s hex-shaped head. When it’s already fitted properly, unscrew the rod. Check if it’s still more than half an inch thick. Also check if it’s already coated with calcium. If it is, you should have it replaced.
3. To prolong the lifespan of your water heater, don’t set the thermostat to more than 120 degrees. Get a flathead screwdriver and use it to dial the thermostat. By doing this, you’ll not only keep your heating system in great condition but also lessen your electricity consumption.
4. To keep the water hot, insulate the supply pipes. Use a self-sticking foam pipe insulation. Make sure that it will match the supply pipe’s diameter. The insulation of the hot water pipe will keep the water hot while the insulation of the cold water pipe will prevent condensation and freezing.
5. Insulating the water heater tank is also advantageous. Use an insulating blanket to wrap the sides of the water heater tank. Seal the edges with the use of foil tape. However, you should avoid covering the top of the gas water heater tank.
6. Lastly, draining or flushing the tank is the most important aspect of its maintenance. Simply drain the water left inside. Turn the cold water supply valve on to move the sediments trapped at the bottom of the tank. When the water that comes out of the tank becomes super clean (without sediments), you may already close the drain cock. Refill the tank and carefully power it on.
We hope that you enjoyed reading our guide on diy hot water heater maintenance. If you are experiencing issues with your water heater or need help with installation, just call the best Biscayne Park FL plumbing company. Plumbers 911 Florida provides reliable emergency plumbing services in Biscayne Park FL including water heater repair in Biscayne Park FL, water heater installation in Biscayne Park FL, plumbing appliance installation in Biscayne Park FL and many more! Call us at 305-928-6854 (Miami-Dade County FL), 954-361-1786 (Broward County FL), 561-440-1776 (Palm Beach County FL) to schedule a service!
Meanwhile, watch this video about our amazing plumbing services in South Florida!