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Maintenance Tips for Your Water Heater

Posted on August 13th, 2015 by Jupiter Tequesta

Performing regular maintenance on your water heater will not only extend its lifespan, but also keep it working optimally. There are simple steps every homeowner can take to care for their water heater. Below, we outline just a few:

1. Keep the surrounding area clear

It’s important to clear the area around your water heater for a few different reasons:

  • Gas-powered units require oxygen, so smothering your water heater can reduce efficiency
  • It makes it easier to keep an eye out for leaks
  • Clutter can increase your chance for a house fire

2. Drain or flush it

Use your water heater’s drain valve to flush out a few gallons each year. Drain the water into a large bucket. Look for sediment, and if it’s excessive, consider a full flush. Here’s how, according to Angie’s List: “turn the temperature down, completely drain the tank and then turn the water back on while the drain is open and let the water flow for a minute or so to help remove any lingering sediment or debris.” Once the flush is complete, the tank will refill and the water will reheat.

3.Inspect it annually

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Look for leaks and corrosion on all pipes and valves. If you have a gas water heater, also check the draft hood to make sure it’s in its place. Inspect the gas line for wear as well.

If you’re experiencing problems with your water heater or simply want to know if you need a new unit, call the experts of Jupiter-Tequesta Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric. Our seasoned plumbers can be at your Palm Beach, Martin or St. Lucie County home in the same day.

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