Can you just imagine what our lives would be like without hot water? We wouldn’t be able to take showers or baths. We wouldn’t be able to effectively clean our dishes or clothes, either. So even though our hot water heaters are something that we tend to take for granted, in order to make sure that you don’t have to go one day without hot water, we wanted to provide you with a few helpful maintenance tips regarding things that you can do to extend the life of your hot water heater below:
Remove the sediment from the water heater. Whether you have an electric or gas water heater, there is going to be a spigot that’s located at the bottom of it. In order to keep sediment from storing up inside of the heater, we recommend getting an empty bucket, putting it under the spigot, opening the spigot up and then allowing the water to flow freely until the water is clear. This one thing alone can help to add a few more years to your water heater if you do it every few months.
Clean the burner ports. If you happen to own a gas water heater, something else that’s helpful is to clean its burner ports. You can do this by first turning off the gas. Then remove the access panel and clean the ports with either some stiff wire or needle. Just take special note that if you happen to smell any gas in the process, immediately leave the premises and call your local gas company.
Check the pilot light. Typically, if the pilot light is on, your water heater is working efficiently. But just so that you can stay on top of it, once a week, check the pilot light. If it is not lit, be careful as you remove the panel and relight it. If it does not seem to continually burn, double-check to see if your gas controls are completely on.
Also check your flue assembly. Something else that you should do for a gas or electric water heater is to check your flue assembly just to make sure that it’s properly aligned and that all of the joints that are connected to it are sealed. Usually, you don’t have to do this more than twice a year but it’s another simple thing that can keep your hot water heater working in good condition.
Have it serviced. Have you been wondering things like why does my water heater have a clogged burner or why won’t my gas furnace ignite? If so, these honestly aren’t the kinds of things that you should try and figure out yourself. Our recommendation is that you call over a professional technician to inspect your hot water heater. As a matter of fact, just to make sure that it lasts for years to come, consider having your hot water heater serviced about once a year; preferably towards the end of the summer. That way, you can make sure that it’s working at an optimal level throughout every season of the year.