How to Maintain Your Water Heater

by | Nov 21, 2016 | Residential

The water heater is one of the most valuable tools in the house. Most homeowners don’t realize how special it is until it doesn’t work anymore and everyone in the household is forced to take ice-cold showers. This essential part of the home should be checked every six months to help prevent the chance of a sudden breakdown. The following tips will help you maintain your water heater.

  • Water Temperature – One of the first signs your water heater is having problems is a difference in water temperature. If you notice the temperature is hotter or colder than usual, it is a sign there is an issue with the units thermostat or heating element.
  • Check for Leaks – Carefully take a close look at your water heater and the surrounding area. Is there visible water stains or puddles? Sometimes a water heater can have a slow leak that saturates the flooring and carpet. Homeowners often feel that the carpet is damp but can’t figure out the reason.
  • Rust Spots – Observe the hot water heater with a close eye. Rust spots can be small or large. Some are the size of a pea or smaller. A common area of rust is towards the bottom of the water heater. Visible rust stains and spots are a sign of aging or leaks.
  • Mold and Odor – Homeowners generally hide their hot water heater in a small closet or enclosed space. This is a normal situation since most homeowners don’t want to look at it on a daily basis. Due to the fact the water heater is hidden, it is at risk of leaking and growing mold on the walls and doors of the enclosed area. Checking the area on a monthly basis will help prevent and reduce the risk of mold and odor.

Homeowners that are familiar with water heaters often try DIY projects such as checking the pressure relief valve, flushing the tank and checking the anode rod. Conducting maintenance on a water heater is dangerous, especially if you are not familiar with the process. Some owner’s manuals will have instructions that will walk you through the process.

Hot water heaters use water and electricity to work properly. As you may know, these two elements are dangerous to humans in specific situations. Always remember to turn off the circuit breaker switch that controls the hot water heater before inspecting it or touching any components. If you notice any leaks or have issues with your hot water heater contact Mokher Plumbing immediately for further assistance.

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