Your water heater is one rather used and more appliances in your home, and consumes a large involving your energy dollars each month. And experts say regular care and maintenance is essential to protecting your investment and saving at your home heating and energy costs.
Regular flushing of the water heater has become single most important step you consider to prolong its service life in addition, it save energy. During time, sediments mount up in the bottom of your hot water heater. These sediments act as a barrier between the flame and the tank, thereby making your heater burn longer and hotter. Partly destructive to the tank, but highly inefficient and will significantly raise your heating costs.
In most regions of the country, the normal water heater lasts 3-5 years. Regularly flushing your hot water heater can double existence of your hot water heater from 3-5 to 7-10 years. And with the costs of replacement running from $700 to over $1200 in some cases, getting the most out of your heater is critical in today’s weather. In addition, regular flushing makes your hot water heater run more efficiently and can cut heating costs fifty percent. Depending on the volume of drinking water your home uses, that can mean a savings of $20 to over $50 a month or so.
To drain your water heater, on the internet should set the thermostat to pilot (if it is often a gas water heater) or turn the circuit breaker off (if it is an electric heater). Failure to do so could result in overheating and severe damage to the water heater. Next, close the water supply valve located on a water inlet line going into your water heater. You can then connect a hose to the drain valve located in the bottoom of the heater tank. Open the drain and allow it to move until all of the water has emptied from the heater. Then close the drain. Open the water supply valve and refill the heating. You should also open a hot water faucet somewhere inside the house and stand there and watch it run for several minutes until the water flows out quickly. This will allow air to vent via the heater and the water lines. Finally, you can turn the thermostat to its regular setting (for a gas heater), or turn the circuit breakers back on (for an electric heater).
Besides regularly flushing your water heater, plumbing experts also advise adding a water treatment system to your property to filter or condition the water so is actually always less corrosive to your plumbing system, particularly in areas which have hard wetness. For more ways to care for and protect your home plumbing system, contact a licensed, professional plumbing contractor in location to discuss options and products to fit the bill.
Abacus Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electrical
The Woodlands, TX