How to Avoid Common Electric Water Heater Problems
Jan 12, 2021
Every homeowner desires to have a functional water heater that could last as long as possible. The reason for this is not farfetched – a water heater working efficiently for a long time will help save more money for the homeowner and also minimize the inconveniences involved in repairs and lack of hot water.
Therefore, if you want your unit to keep functioning efficiently as well as extend its longevity, then, practice these inexpensive water heater maintenance tips suggested by experts at Just Water Heaters.
Reduce the temperature settings
Arriving at the perfect temperature of the water heater is always a challenge to homeowners. But as professionals, we advise our customers to lower the temperature of the unit during late spring and all through the summer months (though the beginning of autumn can be included)
The advantage of lowering the temperature of your water heater includes the sustenance of the unit because increased temperatures could cause wear to the components of the water heater. You will also reduce energy cost, especially during summer and decrease the incidence of scalding in your household.
However, before lowering the temperature of your unit, you need to determine the quality of water that comes into your home because some pathogens may survive when the temperature of the water is low.
Wrap the tank in an insulating blanket
This step is meant to decrease the amount of standby heat loss in the water heater and reduce energy consumption.
The unit takes more time in heating water when there is heat lose. So, it's beneficial to reduce the amount of heat your unit is losing to the environment. Interesting, it helps extend the lifespan of your water heater.
Insulating the water heater tank and other exposed pipes in an insulating pipe is easy and can be performed by anyone no matter your technical abilities.
Inspect the pressure relief valve (T&P Valve)
The pressure relief valve is installed for the safety of the unit, and it is responsible for releasing pressure when it builds up in the water heater.
This is vital because apart from ensuring that the unit functions efficiently, the safety of the water heater and its users should be considered.
To perform this task, you’ll need to shut off the power and cold-water supply, then place a bucket under the pressure relief valve.
Lift the T&P lever to release water from the tank. You should get a gurgling noise because of the entrance of air. If nothing happens and water continues to flow, then the T&P valve is problematic, and you should consult a professional.
Consistently check your water heater vent
The vent duct of the gas-powered water heater could be obstructed due to debris or non-maintenance. No matter the method of venting or the material that was used in manufacturing the duct, you should always check and service the duct to experience the efficiency of the unit and also manage energy costs.
Flush the water heater once in a while
Over time, there will be sediment build up in the water heater, which can affect the efficiency or functionality of the unit. It gets worse when you have hard water flowing through the water heater. Hence the flushing of the water heater becomes paramount.
Subscribe to annual maintenance of the unit
Though you can sparingly maintain the water heater, however, it is recommended that you have certified and trained professionals at Just Water Heaters maintain or tune it up once in a while.
Call our expert for your water heater maintenance, and we will clean the burner assembly, check the anode rod (if the unit is older) to repair the exhaust flue and replace any component that has worn out.