10 Minute Riverside Water Heater Maintenance

Posted by on Feb 26, 2014 in Water Heater Repair Riverside

We are going to put you to work today, however just for about 10 minutes. Yep, that’s all it will take for these 2 crucial water heater upkeep tasks; nonetheless, Water Heater Repair Riverside knows they will do an excellent job of helping with 3 things:

  1. Having your water heater last as long as possible (that will conserve you cash).
  2. Making sure the water heater runs safely (we do not desire it to blow up).
  3. Having it run as energy efficiently as possible (likewise saving you cash).

So with that in mind, are you prepared to invest ten minutes once or twice a year to assist conserve some money? Water Heater Repair Riverside CA thought so.

Testing the T&P Relief Valve

Frequently called the T&P Valve, or the temperature and pressure relief valve, has a vital job. It helps ensure excess pressure does not build up inside the water storage tank, or in much more simple terms, it ensures the water heater does not explode. As the photo reveals, it has a lever or little deal with on it. All you need to do is raise it part means and then let go of it. Hopefully, it snapped back to its shut position quickly. If it is working effectively, a little water can be heard going into the drain pipe below the lever you just lifted and you maybe heard some pressure being released. If none of these things have actually taken place throughout the test, the valve will require to be changed.

As inspectapedia.com states: “dripping TP relief valves are unsafe. The hazard is that minerals in the water supply accumulate inside the valve during the passage of hot water through the valve assembly. That accumlation of scale will eventually block operation of the relief valve, causing the relief valve to fail to operate properly if unsafe pressure or temperature occurs in the water heater in the future. The risk, ultimately, is a water heater tank or heating boiler explosion.”  (read more…)

Do a Mimi Water Heater Tank Flush

By nature, rust and rust will happen inside the water storage tank thanks to the chemical reactions taking place with all the elements inside that are required to warm the water. We will not get too technical here, however it is simple to assist prevent this from happening by doing a flush or draining of all or some of the water in the storage tank.

For simply a small flush, put a container under the drain valve below the tank. Open the drain valve and fill the container with water. Drain a minimum of a couple of gallons of water in total. Let the water sit in the container for a couple of minutes to settle and examine if there is much that settles to the bottom of the container. If there is, if the water heater has actually not been drained for a very long time (or ever), it would be best to do a full flush of the tank to get as much of the sediment out as possible. You will want to turn the temperature level dial down and might wish to let the water cool down for about an hour initially so it is not too hot while draining it. Likewise, it would be easier to connect a hose to the drain valve and let the water go outside instead of making use of buckets.

If the water looks relatively clean and clear from the small test you should be all set. When the water heater has an excessive quantity of sediment inside of it, it can make loud popping noises and it minimizes its efficiency too.

Though water heaters are relatively upkeep free and simple to operate, whenever you feel the slightest uncomfortable or are unsure of exactly what to do, it is always best to have a plumbing expert help with the situation.

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