Water heater maintenance is essential for keeping the system running as efficiently as possible. As DIY projects continue to grow in popularity, some homeowners may wonder if they can perform maintenance on their own water heaters.
In most situations, contacting a professional is the best move. However, at Norman Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing, we’re here to share with you some ways in which you can ensure your water heater is running properly before calling the pros.
The Importance of Water Heater Maintenance
So, why is water heater maintenance so important? Aside from being a great way to extend your system’s lifespan, some other benefits of maintenance include:
- Ensures system’s efficiency
- Saves money on future repairs
- Saves money on energy bills
- Prevents future problems
- Maintains full volume
Neglecting this essential service may cause your water heater to require costly repairs or replacements. It may even break down much sooner than normal from issues that could have been easily prevented.
Can I Perform Maintenance Myself?
The answer is complicated. Water heaters contain gallons of boiling hot water which can cause serious harm if handled incorrectly. However, there are some safe ways you can ensure your water heater is running properly without putting yourself at risk.
Adjusting the temperature of your water heater is a simple and safe way to save on energy costs. For every ten degrees less, that’s about five percent off your bill.
Locate the temperature dial on the side of your water heater and use a screwdriver to unscrew the cover. Then, adjust the temperature to about 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
Not only will this prevent any unnecessary injuries, but it can prevent cold-water condensation in the summer. Using self-sticking foam pipe insulation, slide the foam over the pipes as far as you can. Peel the tape and squeeze the insulation shut. Ensure that it fits snugly over the pipe.
If the pipe is less than six inches away from the flue, use one-inch-thick unfaced fiberglass pipe wrap for the best results.
Test TPR Valve
Also known as the temperature-pressure-release valve, this part is responsible for regulating the heater’s internal pressure. If it becomes too high, the valve will open to release some of the pressure.
To test it, you should first turn off the power and cold-water supply. Then, place a bucket under the pipe connected to the TPR valve. Lift this valve to release some water. If water keeps flowing, it may be time to replace the valve.
When Should I Call a Professional?
Water heater services can become dangerous in some cases, so it’s best to contact a professional when dealing with water heater problems.
If you notice serious problems occurring within your water heater or are unable to fix it on your own, it may be time to contact a professional. They can safely and effectively resolve any issues in no time. Trying to fix them on your own may result in injury or further damage.
The Pros You Can Trust
Our skilled technicians at Norman Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing are equipped to handle any water heater problem you may encounter, tankless water heater or otherwise. We have the know-how to get the job done right the first time. When you can’t DIY your way out of a water heater issue, contact us today!