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.