Keeping your water heater in working condition is essential, especially as we make the transition from summer to fall. If you’re living in the metro New Orleans area, use the following water heater maintenance tips to keep your unit working better than ever as temperatures drop.
Set the Temperature
The temperature on your water heater is adjustable, meaning you get to pick exactly how hot the water gets. The ideal temperature for conserving energy and staying safe is around 120 degrees Fahrenheit. This temperature won’t cause your energy bill to spike, won’t allow harmful bacteria to grow, and won’t scald your hands when you’re washing them.
Check the Pressure Relief Valve
Your water heater has a pressure relief valve you should check on a regular basis to make sure everything is functioning correctly. Grab a bucket, place it under the drainpipe, and turn the pressure relief valve. Adjusting the valve should force hot water out of the drainpipe; if it doesn’t, you’ll need to give us a call to replace it.
Drain the Tank
As your water heater ages, it can accumulate sediment at the bottom, creating smelly and possibly colored water. Luckily, this is an easy thing to fix. When you schedule an appointment with us, we will come out to drain the tank and remove these deposits so you have clean and fresh hot water.
Look for Leaks
Even small leaks can be a sign of a big problem. Every few months, give your tank an inspection to look for rust stains or pools of water. If you notice anything suspicious, call us to take a closer look.
While there are some water heater maintenance tasks you can do yourself, most of them are best left to the professionals. To prepare your water heater for winter, give Bryans United Air Conditioning a call today at 504-208-2071. We’ll give your system a full inspection and make any repairs necessary so you have a reliable and efficient water heater.
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