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How to Perform Annual Maintenance on your Water Heater

9/10/2019 (Permalink)

Worker performing maintenance on water heater Your water heater is an important appliance that is costly. By taking care of your water heater, you can get the most out of the lifespan of yours.

Step 1: Test the pressure relief valve on the top or side of the water heater. This valve will open if the internal pressure of the tank gets too high.

Step 2: Place a bucket under the valve and turn it. If the valve does not release water, you need to replace the valve.

Step 3: Next, close the cold water supply pipe that feeds the water heater.

Step 4: Turn on the hot water at any faucet to release the pressure inside the heater’s tank. Leave faucet on until you are finished.

Step 5: Electric Water Heaters – turn off the power to the main panel.

Gas Water Heaters – turn the gas control dial to “off”

Step 6: Drain Sediments from the Hot Water by releasing about 2-3 gallons of hot water from

the tank. These sediments build up over time and can mean a short life-span for your water heater and less efficiency and higher bills for you. Let the water flow until the water being released is free of sediments.

Step 7: Don’t worry about gurgling or groaning noises coming from the heater; it’s just air

entering the system as water drains out.

Step 8: To restart the water heater, open the shutoff valve and let the hot water run at any

faucet to force air out of the system.

Step 9: Turn on the power or re-light the pilot.

Step 10: Set water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

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