Water Heater Maintenance Tips

If your electric water heater has an electric motor, you should turn it off. You can turn off the water heater’s water supply by closing the valve in the cold water line. It’s located on top. The cold point is always to its right. You can open a hot water hose in the house. The tap will open and release the air pressure. Open the drain hose located beneath the water heater. It is shaped like a pipe bibb. Allow the water heater to run for at least one gallon. The water heater should not be used by anyone else while it is being repaired.

Maintenance Tip 2: Remove sediment by separating it

Mag-Erad is a type of descaler that can dissolve sediment. A.O. Smith, who also constructs water heaters. Follow the instructions provided with the descaler. Turn the flame on by setting it to PILOT. The gas systems could be damaged if there is no water in the heater. You can also use the lye to dissolve any sediment. It’s extremely volatile and flammable. This chemical should be used only by plumbers.

Maintenance Tip #3 – Controlling sediment

You can control sediment by using softened tap water. Salt softened waters don’t remove sediment. They just reduce it. The life expectancy for anode rods drops from 50% to 65%. 140 degrees is a fast temperature at which sediment can grow. Legionnaires’ Disease can thrive at temperatures lower than 115 degrees. Your water heater should be set at 130 degrees to prevent both of these problems. Legionnaires Disease can actually be contracted by inhaling watervapor, not drinking infected fluid. The plumbing in hospitals should still be filled with 170-degree water to kill all bacteria.

Fill a cup with warm water and place a meat thermometer into the cup to find out the actual temperature. A gas water heater’s dial can be adjusted to allow hot water to flow out of the tap until it reaches 130 degrees. You should allow the water heater to cool down between dial adjustments. Allow the water heater to recover for at least one hour. You can adjust how big the flame is produced by some gas water heaters. Look in the center of the control knob for a small screw-like switch. If this button is present, it can be used to adjust flame size. If you’re having difficulty heating enough water, leave it alone. Install a low watt density element to solve a sediment problem in your electric hot water heater. It’s not as hot as it sounds. It’s not as powerful as high-watt density elements but it has twice the surface area and heats just the same. The lower heat can slow down the production of salt. High water pressure exceeding 50 psi should be addressed by a plumber. High pressure leads to more sediment accumulation.