Maintaining your water heater is crucial for extending its lifespan and ensuring efficient operation. At Acme Plumbing, we understand the importance of a well-maintained water heater, not just for the comfort of consistent hot water, but also for energy efficiency and cost savings. Here we will guide you through key maintenance steps to keep your water heater in top condition for years to come.
Acme Plumbing’s Guide to Water Heater Maintenance
1. Regular Inspections
Annual inspections by a professional plumber are essential. These inspections can identify issues like leaks, corrosion, or wear and tear before they become major problems. Our Acme Plumbing experts can assess the condition of your water heater and perform necessary adjustments.
2. Flushing the Tank
Sediment build-up in the tank can reduce your water heater’s efficiency and damage the tank. Flushing the tank at least once a year helps remove these sediments. If you’re not comfortable doing this yourself, our team at Acme Plumbing is always ready to help.
3. Checking the Pressure Relief Valve
The pressure relief valve is a safety feature that keeps pressure from building up too high in the tank. Testing this valve annually is crucial. Lift the valve’s lever and let it snap back. You should hear a gurgling sound as water is released into the drain tube. If not, a new valve may be needed.
4. Adjusting the Temperature
Setting the temperature to an optimal level (around 120 degrees Fahrenheit) can reduce energy consumption and prevent scalding. This adjustment is simple and can have a noticeable impact on your energy bill.
5. Insulating Older Units
For older water heaters, adding an insulation blanket can significantly improve efficiency by reducing heat loss. Make sure to follow manufacturer’s instructions or consult with our professionals at Acme Plumbing.
6. Regularly Checking the Anode Rod
The anode rod protects your water heater tank from corrosion. Checking it every three years (or as recommended by the manufacturer) is important. If more than 6 inches of the core steel wire is visible or the rod is coated with calcium, it’s time to replace it.
7. Being Mindful of the Area Around the Water Heater
Keep the area around your water heater clear of flammable materials and ensure there’s enough space for proper ventilation. This not only improves safety but also the efficiency of your water heater.
Take the Next Step in Water Heater Care with Acme Plumbing
Maintaining your water heater is not just about ensuring a steady supply of hot water; it’s about safeguarding your comfort, optimizing energy use, and avoiding costly repairs. Don’t let neglect shorten the life of your water heater. Take proactive steps today to ensure it runs efficiently for years to come.
If you’re unsure where to start or need professional assistance, Acme Plumbing is here to help. Our expert team can provide comprehensive maintenance services, from routine inspections to complex repairs, ensuring your water heater remains a reliable resource in your home. Reach out to us today by calling (919) 688-1348 to schedule your water heater maintenance or to learn more about our services. At Acme Plumbing, we’re committed to delivering top-quality care and advice, helping you make the most of your home’s essential systems.