Water Heater Tips For Homeowners

Posted on: 3 January 2017


A water heater will be one of the most important appliances for ensuring that life inside your home is comfortable. Making sure that you are getting the best performance out of your water heater without overpaying on energy costs or experiencing more problems than necessary will entail taking some proactive steps.

Consider Lowering Your Water Heater's Temperature

Many homeowners are not aware of the fact that they can greatly reduce the amount of energy that their water heater needs by simply turning the temperature down. When you are adjusting the temperature of the water heater, you will want to closely follow the instructions in the owner's manual. Setting the temperature too low can greatly decrease your system's ability to provide you with sufficient hot water. If you make the mistake of setting the temperature too low, you will want to very gradually raise it. In addition to putting you at a risk of suffering an accidental burn, setting the temperature too high can result in steam building up in the water heater, which can cause serious damage when it becomes high enough.

Test The Pressure Release Valve On A Regular Basis

To minimize the risk of pressure from steam causing damage to the water heater, there is a pressure release valve. These valves will allow excess steam to freely vent out of the water heater. Unfortunately, it can be possible for these valves to malfunction, which can prevent the excess pressure from being released.

At least twice a year, you should test your emergency release valve to make sure that it is able to function. There will be a button or lever on the water heater that can be used to activate a test mode for the emergency release valve. In instances where the valve struggles to open, you should add more lubricant to it and test it again. If it continues to fail, you should contact an experienced plumber to repair the water heater as soon as possible. Otherwise, your system may be at risk of rupturing, which could cause substantial water damage to your home.

Look For Signs Of Leaking

Every few months, you should perform a quick visual inspection of the area around your water heater. Water heaters can develop leaks from worn down seals and corrosion. When these issues are repaired while they are still new, it may be easier to limit the amount of damage that occurs. These issues will often worsen as the leaking water can expedite the degradation of the seals or the worsening of the corrosion. Unfortunately, these problems are often internal, which will require disassembling much of the water heater. Therefore, you may want to leave this repair to a trained professional plumber, such as those found at Mr. Rooter Plumbing.