Your water heater prevents you from taking cold showers, but it can also be an important resource for many of the things that you do around your home. Having access to hot water can even be an important part of staying safe in different seasons. Water heaters can be expensive to repair when they break, but effective annual maintenance can prevent those costly repairs. Here is how you can avoid water heater repairs with annual maintenance.
Most people in South Florida have a water heater that is located in their home’s garage. This can make it very inconvenient to flush the tank out and clean it yourself. If you feel comfortable enough to do it yourself, flush the tank out with a garden hose before and after the “winter” season to avoid sediment buildup on the bottom of the tank. Because of South Florida’s notoriously hard water, you should consider cleaning deposits off the bottom of your water heater at least once every six months.
Flushing the tank is one of the easiest maintenance steps that you can do. When you do it regularly, it will help to avoid water heater repairs. It can also improve the performance of your heater. As sediment builds up in your heater, it can make it harder to keep the water at the right temperature. Washing it out regularly is the best way to prevent clogs or unnecessary wear on internal parts.
If your water heater is built with an electronic ignition, it may need to be replaced at some point. If this is the case, get a new water heater that comes with a ceramic rod. This type of rod is very effective in burning off bacteria and scale buildup in the tank. You should replace it once every five or six years so that you do not have to pay for costly repairs caused by bacterial buildup.
Insulation can help reduce energy consumption in your water heater. If you are using an electric water heater, you may want to consider using insulation to keep the temperature consistent throughout the day. It’s also important to remove scale buildup that accumulates during the cooler months. And by cooler, we mean 68° F, which is the average temperature for Miami in January.
Check the temperature around your water heater to see if it is being maintained at a temperature that is consistent with the rest of your home’s heat. The temperature should be between 120° F and 130° F to avoid causing scalds in your home. The heating system should automatically shut off once the water heater reaches this temperature, so you may need to consider calling a professional if you notice a problem.
If you have any concerns about leaks, it is recommended that you check underneath your water heater for drips. If there are leaks beneath your heater, you may want to call a professional to repair the problem.
Corrosion is a factor that may cause you to have to pay for costly repairs down the road. It’s most likely to show up on the outside of your hot water tank, but you should also check the inside for discoloration or rust. If you see any corrosion, you may need to get rid of your water heater sooner than you had initially intended.
Complex water heater repairs can be dangerous if not finished correctly. If you are unsure that you can finish a maintenance task on your own, it is time to hire a professional.
Call a professional for any maintenance issues that should be addressed before your water heater causes problems in your home. Contact Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric in Boca Raton to schedule an appointment with one of our trained, certified, and licensed local plumbers.