Tips for Maintaining Your Water Heater

Try out these easy tips for maintaining your water heater this winter.

There’s nothing worse than having to take a cold shower in the winter.  That’s why it’s so important to take steps to make sure your water heater lasts longer and operates more effectively.  Here are some simple tips for maintaining your water heater this winter.

  • Know Where It Is

While this is obvious, it’s important that you know where in your house your water heater is located.  Make sure that you have easy access to your water heater by clearing away obstacles that might obscure its plumbing.

  • How to Shut Off Your Water

If you’re facing a water heater emergency, it’s important that you know how to cut off the water supply and power source to your water heater.  This is particularly important if your water heater is leaking or if you smell gas around it.

  • Drain Your Water Heater

You should drain your water heater at least once a year.  Start by draining a couple of gallons into a bucket or other large container.  If you notice any sediment or debris, then you probably need to do a full flush of your water heater.  To do a full flush, turn the temperature down and completely drain your tank.  Then, turn the water back on while the drain is open and let the water run through to flush away any remaining sediment or debris.  Once you finish the flush and let the tank fill back up, then turn the thermostat back to your desired temperature.

  • Complete an Annual Inspection

Start at the top of your heater and check for any leaks or corrosion of the pipes or valves.   Additionally, look for signs of wear on the gas line and piping leading to and from the heater.    If you notice any black residue, soot, or charred metal then your heater might be having combustion issues.  If you notice these issues, then you should get your water heater serviced by a professional.

These are some easy tips to assist you in maintaining your water heater this winter.  Are you looking for insurance protection for your home this winter?  Then make sure you contact the experts at Valley West Insurance.  Our dedicated team is eager to assist you with all your insurance needs.

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