Is Your Water COMING IN HOT? Show Your Water Heater Some LOVE!
The water heater is the unsung hero of your home. Left neglected, your hardworking water heater might decide to go cold on you, with no warning at all! Water Heaters do not require much LOVE, but a little time and effort can go a long way. Here are our top ways to extend the life of your water heater:
Drain the tank
- Use a bucket under the drain valve at the bottom of the tank
- Turn the valve counterclockwise releasing about two gallons of water into the bucket.
- Close the valve when the water runs clear.
Test the valve
- Put a bucket beneath the discharge pipe extending downward from the relief valve
- Test the valve by lifting the lever
- Water should flow from the pipe. If it does not you either need to repair the valve or replace it.
Dial it back
- Find the temperature dial on a gas heater and turn it to 120 degrees. The lower temperature slows the accumulation of mineral deposits in your tank.
- Electric heaters have two thermostats. Turn off the power to the water heater first then adjust both by finding them behind the thermostat access panel.
- When leaving home for an extended time, adjust the thermostat on gas heaters to “vacation” setting. That enables the heater’s pilot light to stay on but discontinues the continual water heating cycle.
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