Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Importance of Water Heater Maintenance

We might not think about them often, but water heaters are an integral part of a well-functioning home. What do water heaters do? Essentially water heaters heat all of the water in your home, which includes showers, baths, kitchen and bathroom faucets, washing machines and dishwashers.
One of the last things you want to break in your home, especially during the colder months, is the water heater. This is why water heater maintenance is so important. Below are a few tips and tricks to ensure your water heater runs properly year round.
  • As water heaters age they tend to not function as well as they used to due to a sediment buildup in the tank. As water heaters grow older, they accumulate sediment and lime deposits. If these deposits are not removed periodically, the sediment will create a barrier between the burner and the water, greatly reducing the water heater's performance level. At least once every three months drain water from the tank. Tip: Draining a gallon or so on a regular basis helps remove the sediment.
  • Periodically inspect your water heater’s burner. The flame under the heater should be blue with yellow tips. If the flame is mostly yellow, or if there appears to be soot beneath the burner, the flue might be clogged. This could be a dangerous situation. Please call a professional to check out the water heater and make sure it’s safe.
  • Every one to two years call us to inspect your water heater. We will make sure the drain valves aren’t leaking and that there isn’t any corrosion on the anode rods.
Call Shelton Plumbing at (254) 751–9655 to request a service call for your water heater. We will make sure it’s ready for the cold months ahead.