Regular maintenance checks on water heaters do help in prolonging the life and efficiency, which in turn translates to energy conservation. It also prevents experience extra costs of replacing the water heaters.
Maintaining your domestic heater
There are a couple of ways that will go a long way in helping extend the longevity of your water heater and keep it working at best conditions. Below are several ways that will help achieve that.
Know the Make of your Water Heater
There are different types of water heaters, namely, natural gas, electric or propane, storage tank type or a tankless type. Also, note down its serial number, and model this will enable for quick reference when seeking assistance from a plumber. In addition to that, they are critical for warranty purposefulness.
Annual inspections of your water heater
This should be done to check for any leaks or corrosions in the pipes and valves. In the case of any damages, make sure that they are fixed by qualified personnel. For gas water heater ensure it is sealed tightly. Any soot is an indication of heating problems and will require help from a professional.
For electric heaters, check out for any leakages in areas in contact with the electrical material.
Clear the area Around the Heater
Clearing at least two feet area around the heater is important. Water heaters operating on gas require plenty of oxygen to burn the gas. Therefore congested area will cut the supply of oxygen which will make the heater in-effective. In addition to that other parts of the heater may be destroyed.
Also in the case of any leaks, it may be difficult to spot it from a congested space. This has the possibility of destroying the heater. Other than that, crammed objects close to the heater may catch fire.
Be familiar with how to operate the water heater
This comes in handy in case your heater develops problems. Knowing how to turn off the fuel, gas valve or power supply to your heater is important in the case of a crisis will limit the extent of the damage. Also in extreme events, it may start a fire that could be very hazardous.
Important to note is that you should acquire the extra tools you may need to open up the breaker box or close the valves. Keep the nearby and in an easily accessible location.
Information on your heater location
You should ensure your heater’s location is easily accessible. This will make it easier for you or the plumber access it easily in case of repairs or emergencies.