You never want to find yourself without hot water — especially during a cold Alaskan winter! Properly maintaining your water heater is key to providing your family with hot water access throughout the year. How can you keep your water heater in the best shape? The team at Arctic Chain Plumbing & Heating in Anchorage, AK, are here with three tips for maintaining your water heater and ensuring it’s in the best shape possible.
Check Your Pressure Valve
Routinely checking your water heater’s pressure valve is key to making sure it will continue to work properly. Start by turning off the electricity or gas to the water heater, as well as the cold-water inlet. Check the valve by pulling the trip lever, and be sure to have a bucket in place to catch any water. If everything is functioning properly, water and vapor will eject from the pressure relief valve and you’ll hear a rush of air. If this doesn’t happen, you’ll need to get a replacement valve.
Flush Your Tank
Whenever you check the pressure valve on your water heater, it’s also a good idea to flush your tank. This helps prevent sediment buildup, which can clog water lines and make your heater less energy-efficient. After turning off the power source and cold-water inlet, use a garden hose to drain water from the drain valve. Once all the water has been removed, you can refill the water tank — just be sure to remove the garden house and close the pressure valve first.
Check For Leaks
It’s always a good idea to check for any leaks or drips in your water heater, especially after performing these other maintenance tasks. While most leaks are the result of a faulty connection, a dripping temperature and pressure relief valve discharge pipe means you need to get a thermal expansion tank for your water heater. Take care of any drips as soon as possible to avoid more serious maintenance problems later on.
Whether you need a boiler installation or emergency repair work, you can rely on the dependable team at Arctic Chain Plumbing & Heating. To learn more about the services provided by these plumbing and heating experts, visit them online or call (907) 344-2060 today.