Our Top Water Heater Maintenance Tips

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Our Top Water Heater Maintenance Tips

You need your water heater to function properly for the benefit of your home. With proper maintenance and prompt water heater repair in Greenwich, CT, you can keep your unit running optimally, JNR Plumbing shares the following tips: 

Check the Pressure Relief Valve

Your water heater can explode if it has too much internal pressure. Part of your water heater maintenance should involve regularly checking the temperature pressure release or TPR valve, a safety mechanism that’s in place to prevent an explosion. Shut off the power and cold water supply valve while having a bucket under the TPR valve. The water should stop coming, but a little bit can emerge. In some cases, you might have to replace the TPR valve. If you have a very old unit, replacing the TPR valve might be a necessity. However, you might also want to look into getting a water heater replacement that’s more modern.

Lower the Temperature of the Water

With a tankless water heater, you might not have any cause for alarm with the water temperature. This is because these newer units are more efficient and should have the temperature set at the right level.

However, if you have an older water heater, you may want to lower the temperature to around 120 degrees. This can help to prevent problems such as scalding, wear and tear of the tank and skyrocketing energy bills. You might need professional water heater services if you’re unsure about the level that the temperature should be.

Flush the Water Heater

When you first get your water heater, your plumber in Greenwich, CT should have explained to you that you need to flush the tank annually. Doing this is a good way to eliminate the sediment buildup that occurs when you have hard water. If you forget to do it, you run the risk of your hot water heater exploding or not working efficiently. Leave the water supply turned on when flushing and connect your garden hose to the drainage spigot to allow the water and sediment to be directed to a drain.

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