It is best to maintain your water heater on a regular basis to extend its lifespan for a continuous supply of hot water in your household. Some homeowners find this a daunting task, especially when it takes a lot of their time. For your convenience, hire a specialist to complete the job in no time.
If not handled properly, water heater can convert into dangerous heating devices. Before carrying out repairs, it is important to take safety precautions to avoid unfortunate accidents. Shut down the heating source of the unit together with the cold water supply valve. Mop the water puddles as soon as you notice them and drain the entire tank to stop the leaks temporarily.
First thing to check is the quality of your water. If your water is starting to get rusty and smelling bad, you may want to inspect if your anode rod has completely deteriorated. This is normal since an anode rod absorbs all charged water molecules inside to protect the tank from corroding and helps minimize the sediment buildup. If you think it measures less than of an inch, have it replaced as soon as possible.
If you have highly corrosive water, drain and flush your tank a few times in a year to prevent the sediments from building up. When draining, always run the other end of the hose to a secure drainage like floor drain or gutter to avoid scalding burns. You can let the water cool down completely by turning off the unit the night before draining it.
Check your plumbing connections if your water heater is leaking from the pipes. Adjust the loosely joined fittings with a wrench without over tightening them. Protect other areas of the tank from rusting by replacing pipes that are badly damaged. Secure the fittings into place by wrapping a Teflon tape around the threading.
Once your relief valve is leaking, it is best to replace it right away. This safety valve should be working at all times since it releases excessive pressure inside, preventing the tank from over pressurizing or exploding. Try to lift the lever and allow it to snap back on its own to see if water continues to drip after releasing the handle. If yes, then your relief valve needs a replacement.
Adjust the thermostat settings between 120 to 130 degrees Fahrenheit to minimize the pressure buildup inside the tank. Do not set the temperature too high to protect your family from scalding burns. If you think the temperature is already stable, there is no need to repeat this process.
Sustain your tank’s efficiency and prevent it from corroding by performing regular water heater maintenance. You are left with no option but to maintain your heating system if you are not financially ready to buy a replacement.