Many people do not fully appreciate how important their hot water heater is until it breaks down and everyone in the house is going on cold showers. These household items usually found in our garages or basements would be the mechanisms that heat all of water for those to have available in our sinks, kitchens, and bathtubs. They are made to last for a long time if they’re maintained properly. Here are three steps you can take as a homeowner to maximize the life of your hot water heater.
Lower the Temperature
Take a look at your boiler’s temperature gauge. It ought to be anywhere between 115 and 120 degrees. Lower the temperature slightly. This will not only keep this device from overheating but will save you money on your monthly utility bills.
Test the Pressure Relief Valve
This is an excellent way to check whether your water heater needs to be replaced soon or not. Locate the stress relief valve and lift it halfway. It ought to automatically snap back to its original position. You should also hear some kind of noise as water is released back down the drain tube. In the event that it valve doesn’t work then you know you’ll have to start looking for a replacement.
Flush The System
As a hot water heater is running small deposits build up on the bottom of the tank. In time this becomes a recipe for corrosion and rusting. You cannot do a total flush in most cases because the whole system has to be turned off and the water tank has to be completely full.
This is one way one can safely commit to a partial flush. Put some sort of container (like a bucket) below the drain valve. It is located at the bottom of the hot water tank. Turn the valve counter clockwise. The heater will release water straight into the bucket. It will not be more than a few gallons.
Make very sure that you turn the power off if you have a boiler that runs off electricity. If any one of the connections are damaged in any way then you must call a specialist out to deal with it for you.
If you have a gas water heater make certain the gas is off and pilot light isn’t on before you do anything.
These are a few basic steps you can do a few times each year to make sure your boiler is running as best as it possibly can. If you have any troubles and cannot do it yourself be sure you call a plumber in the area to deal with it for you.
When it’s time to replace the system you have a few options. WE recommend that you consult with a Kelowna hot water tank installer who knows how to size up the needs of your family and recommend the best system according you the volume of hot water you actually need.