DIY Water Heater Maintenance

DIY Water Heater Maintenance

Water heater maintenance plan

Regular maintenance of the water heater should be on every owner’s to-do list. This maintenance should be scheduled at least once a year, depending on the water quality in the area, up to two or three times a year.

Examine the electrical and gas connections. Loosening the electrical wiring connections can cause a short circuit in the system. Leaks from gas connections are dangerous and must be dealt with immediately. Using a 50/50 mixture of dish soap and water, apply liberally to fittings and gas fittings. If bubbles appear, contact an authorized gas technician for repair.

Examine the plumbing for the flu. Check that it is properly aligned with the heater exhaust port. Examine the roof vent to make sure the flu cap is in place and all intermediate points are connected and secure.

Arizona Heating and Cooling Doctor owner Reginald Phillips started HVAC in 2006 as a helper installing units in a new home being built around the Tucson area. Before a year of doing so, he was the lead man running his own crew. He worked his way up through the industry to become one of the best service techs in the Tucson area. he opened one of the biggest companies in the Tucson as a there general manager running a company with over 15 techs he taught the trade to them where some of the techs are now business owners themselves. In 2017 he became the owner of Arizona Heating and Cooling with the idea to give homeowners great service at an affordable price.

Examine the anode rod. Anode rods tend to require replacement every five years or so. This part can be removed from the top of the water heater. Be sure to close the cold water inlet valve before removing it. If the anode rod starts to look like worn wire, it should be replaced.

Rinse the water heater to remove accumulated sediment, calcium deposits, and other corrosive particles. Be sure to turn off the electricity or gas to the water heater. Drain the water heater by connecting a garden hose to the valve at the bottom of the tank. Water coming directly from the tank can be very hot, so be careful when draining a water heater around small children and pets.

Examine your dip tube. The first sign of dip tube failure is noticed when hot showers suddenly turn cold.

Check the temperature and pressure (T&P) relief valve. Test T&P by raising and lowering the test lever on the valve. Frequent testing can reduce the risk of leakage caused by mineral buildup and corrosion. So the valve is delicate and comes out easily. Check the water pressure in the house.

Check the water pressure in the house. Excessive water pressure can damage water lines, fittings and heaters. According to the International Code Council, the water pressure in a home should not exceed 80 psi. Homeowners can control their incoming water pressure by turning off all devices in their home and attaching a pressure gauge to an outside pipe. If the pressure is above 80 psi, a pressure relief valve (PRV) must be installed or the existing PRV must be adjusted.
If a homeowner does not know any of these steps, or if their water heater needs to be repaired, it is recommended that you hire a professional water heater installer or licensed plumbing contractor.