Getting to Know Your Water Heater

Every home owner should have a monthly home maintenance schedule to help keep your home in great shape and your appliances working at their best for as long as possible. Your water heater should be part of that schedule.

Hot water is one of life’s luxuries that we all take for granted until it is not there. Knowing a little about your water heater can save you a lot down the road.

Water heaters can be in your garage, basement or a closet, once you locate it, it is a good idea to add it to your monthly maintenance plan. Maintaining your water heater only takes a short amount of time. You can extend the life of the water heater and prevent a disaster from happening.

There are basically two types of water heaters. The most common type has a storage tank and the other is tankless, which is also known as an “on-demand” hot water system. Both types of heaters have models that will operate using gas and models that use electricity.

All types of water heaters should receive regular maintenance which will include:

  • Checking for water seepage around the unit and piping.
  • Checking and testing the pressure relief valve.
  • Flushing the heater.

There are other maintenance items to be done depending on if you have a Gas Water Heater Click Here! or you have an Electric Water Heater Click Here!

 

 

Maintaining Your Electric Water Heater

Maintaining your electric water heater is a simple process that can prevent a disaster from occurring. Whether your model has a tank or is tankless, here are some things you need to do on a regular basis.

  • Check the unit for any water seepage around the tank and piping.
  • Operate the pressure relief valve to check that it is working properly.
  • Flush the unit to remove any sediment that may have accumulated.
  • Check the Anode Rod for corrosion and cracks.
  • Check wiring for any signs of corrosion or breaks in the casing.

In the video below, you will find some guidance to keep things working well.

Install Toilet Flush Valve Seal.

If you find that your toilet is leaking from between the tank and the bowl, it is most likely that the toilet flush valve seal or sponge gasket is worn or deteriorated, or that the tank hold down bolt gasket has started to leak.

This is a simple repair that will take about 15 minutes once you have obtained the parts. You can purchase a complete rebuild kit which will have all of the parts needed to do the job correctly. When replacing a flush valve you will also want to replace the tank bolts and rubber washers.

You will only need a few basic tools to complete this repair.

  • A bucket and sponge to remove excess water from the tank and to clean up when the project is finished.
  • A large flat head screw driver.
  • Adjustable wrench or deep socket wrench set.
  • Pair of large water pump pliers or pipe wrench.
  • A flat metal cutting saw may be required if the bolts are too corroded for them to unthread.

On the next page you will find a very detailed video by www.homeownerseries.com to guide you thru the process if you need help!

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Easily Repair Your Leaking Faucet.

Having a faucet that drips or runs when the handle is turned off can be annoying and also waste a lot of water and money.

We will show you  how you can easily repair your leaking faucet.

There are many brands of faucets these days, both with 2 handle and single handle styles.

Most Faucets built in the past 30 years use a cartridge system that opens and closes to allow water to flow.

Changing these cartridges is a fairly simple process as you can see from the video below.

One thing to keep in mind, if you know the manufacturer and model of your faucet it will be much easier to get a replacement. Some cartridges come with a lifetime warranty, so check with the manufacturer before spending money to buy one!

Here is a video on how to remove the cartridge by: http://www.homefrontstan.com.

Now the you have your new cartridge, go to page 2 to see how to properly install it.

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