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Helpful Water Heater Maintenance Tips

Checking your water heater is something you should do for many of reasons.  This could mean changing the anode rod, checking gas supply, and plumbing joints. Try checking each of these items every few months as your water heater is used year round with no real breaks.

What are the benefits of water heater maintenance?

With the right maintenance on your water heater, you can count on it lasting way longer than it would without it, while also making it operate more efficiently.

Two examples of maintenance —a water heater flush and pressure-relief valve test—can be easily performed by homeowners in about 15 minutes. 

-When Do I Want to Flush My Hot Water Heater?

Most homeowners should flush their water heaters every six months or so, but if you have extremely hard water, you may want to do it more often. Flushing your hot water heater could be necessary as often as every few months depending on the mineral content of your local water supply.

-What Is a Water Heater Pressure Relief Valve?

A water heater pressure relief valve, also referred to as a T&P valve, pressure relief valve, or water heater temperature valve is a safety feature that you can find on any water heater. The reason it’s there is to keep you safe in case the water pressure is too high.

Without this safety feature, your water heater could end up breaking. You could potentially end up with burns if the high water pressure is dangerously high.

This valve also ensures that there aren’t any leaks in your water heater, which would lead to low water pressure when you want to use it to wash the dishes or take a shower.

 

As a general rule of thumb, you should plan to check your water heater every two months to avoid serious issues such as leaks, pipe bursts, and other large plumbing problems

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