Water Heater Maintenance
It is not much fun if you have ever had a hot water heater explode or been in the situation without hot water and had to reluctantly get into a cold shower at 7am. Then you can appreciate taking the time to properly service your plumbing and water heater system to really maintain and ensure that you and your relatives really have a clean and safe method to heat the water in your homes. American Plumbing has the answers to all of your water heater maintenance questions.
Water heater maintenance in Florida is critical for the average life of a hot water heater. There are many types of water heaters, gas water heater, tankless water heaters, on demand water heaters, and electric heaters. Normal inspections and flushing are recommended by most manufacturers and can extend the life of your electric water heater and make your water heater much cleaner. After you flush your hot water heater you will see debris and deposits come out and you can feel a lot better about using the hot water in your home.
The process to drain your hot water heater should be done by a certified professional or by someone who has the proper training and knowledge of how to turn off the unit then let the unit cool down. This process should always be done before trying to drain and flush the water heater. Take extreme caution as you will need to turn off the electrical power supply to the hot water heater. Make sure you have the proper instructional method and specifications for your specific model from the manufacturer. You cannot see the lining inside your tank but you can often see the evidence on the outside or in the drain pan that it is near failure and may have to be serviced soon. Take a look at the pipes going into the top of the heater and look at the shut off valve and inspect the packing nuts around the valve and look for corrosion or rust or signs of leaking sometimes this can be fixed just by tightening the packing nuts around the valve.
The average life of a water heater is approximately about ten years. If you see rust or any mineral formations on the base of the tank or in the drain pan then it is time to think about servicing the water heater. If you could see the deposits that would come out of your old hot water heater you will think about buying a whole new water heater system for your home. First you want to turn off the water and the power supply to the water heater second you want to connect a hose to the drain valve and open the valve, then open the hot water heater faucets in the house letting all the hot water and sludge drain out then close the valve and remove the hose. After everything is drained out turn off the hot water faucets in the house and then gently turn back on the valve on top of the tank to let the tank fill up after the tank is full turn the power back on to the water heater and beware some burst of air may come through the faucets on the hot water side as the line fills back up.
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