Spring Has Sprung, the Grass Has Riz, Do You Know How Your Water Heater Is?

Ah spring! That time of year when everything old is new again and inside your home your thoughts turn to beautification!

Everyone seems to have some sort of spring clean ritual. Bedroom closets are purged and cleaned, pantries and cupboards re-organized, yards are cleaned, gardens planted. Aesthetically speaking, everything looks fresh and sparkly inside and out.

What about your water heater?

Do you think about it and its operation other than when something happens to it? We suggest putting a water heater inspection on your spring clean to do list. You can absolutely do it yourself, you could save yourself some grief in the future and you could definitely add life to your tank if performed on a yearly basis.

So, where to start? We thought you’d never ask!

1. Check for physical damage to your tank.

Look for rust and corrosion on the top and bottom. Check for water marks on the floor. If there are signs of corrosion or water on the floor, you need to start planning for a replacement.

2. Let’s have a look at that thermostat.

What is it set at? The temperature should never be set above 120 degrees. Scalding can happen within seconds at higher temperatures.

3. Check for valve leaks.

Is the T&P valve leaking? How about the brass drain valve st the bottom of the tank? If either of them are, call our Red Seal plumbers for immediate repair.

4. Dust: Off!

Clear the jacket slots of dirt, dust, and other debris restrictions. Clear any household items from around and on top of the tank. For an electric water heater, check the seal around the heating elements. If you have a gas fired tank, remove the cover, inner door, and main burner assembly to clean orifices and related parts of any dirt or foreign material. Clean the burner ports and the combustion chamber with a wire brush and vacuum.

5. Check the anode rods.

Every two years you should check your anode rod. An anode rod attracts mineral in the water that will eventually cause your tank to corrode. If your anode rod has failed, your tank is no longer protected and is vulnerable to corrosion.

6. Finally, when is the last time you flushed your tank?

Flushing your tank will remove the sediment that eventually causes your water heater to corrode at the bottom of the tank. Use the old water that you drain out to water your lawn and gardens. Conserve water and protect your tank all at the same time!

The steps outlined above are fairly simple, but we understand that not everyone has the time or inclination to inspect their tank themselves. Call us today to schedule an inspection by one of our licensed, bonded, insured plumbers.

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