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DIY Water Heater Maintenance

Our water heaters are very valuable. No one wants to be forced to take an ice cold shower. We all like hot, steamy showers that we can relax in. In order to keep that luxury, we have to take proper care of the water heater. So how is this done? The easiest way is to leave it to the professional Las Vegas plumbers to come out on a regular basis. However, some want to save a few bucks and do the job themselves. Check out this DIY maintenance plan.

Turn down the temperature

Before you can start, you need to lower the temperature of the water. The temperature setting is typically located behind the electric water heater panel or on the gas valve. If you can’t seem to find it, contact Las Vegas plumbers to find out.

Once you’ve located the dial, turn it down between 115 and 120 degrees. This will prevent the tank from overheating and reduce the overall energy use.

Check the pressure relief valve

This component of the water heater is critical to the operation and safety of the appliance. This step is very simple to complete, but failure to do at all can result in a broken water heater.

The pressure relief valve can be checked by lifting up the lever part and allowing it to snap back in place. After doing this, you should hear the sound of water gurgling. If not, there could be something wrong with the appliance. Let the expert Las Vegas plumbers inspect it further if no sound occurs.

Flush the tank

Regularly flushing the tank will prevent corrosion and improve efficiency. It’s best to do a complete tank draining and flush once every six months, but even a mini flush can be beneficial to the appliance.

A mini flush is done by turning the valve counter-clockwise and releasing a couple gallons of water. Place a bucket under the spigot so water doesn’t spray everywhere. If your water heater doesn’t have a handle on the valve, you’ll have to use a flat blade screwdriver to flush out the water. Be especially careful when draining the tank because the water can be scalding hot. Finally, you’ll have to replace the water you released by filling the tank with your hose.

Generally, water heaters last between eight and 12 years. With the proper maintenance on a routine schedule, it’s possible to extended its life even longer. Along with extending it’s life, maintenance can also decrease the risk of major problems occurring. By regularly inspecting the appliance, you can take action to fix any minor problems before they become too costly.

DIY maintenance can be good, but the only sure fire way to have a water heater working in tip top condition is for trusted Las Vegas plumbers to examine it themselves. The experts at JMAC Plumbing & Air Conditioning offer great rates for new customers in need of plumbing maintenance. Paying a small amount initially for an inspection can ultimately save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars in repairs later on. Contact a plumber Las Vegas NV trusts for all your plumbing needs. To schedule a routine check up, call 702.227.5622.

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