Schedule Water Heater Maintenance For Optimal Savings
Though you may schedule regular heating and cooling tune-ups or monitor your electricity usage, when was the last time you scheduled water heater maintenance? You would be surprised to learn how enlisting the help of your plumbing service company and performing your own simple water heater maintenance can keep more money in your pocket.
When you enroll in a preventive maintenance program for your water heater, you will be making an investment in your system’s longevity. Your plumbing service company will check for the proper functionality of your temperature and pressure-relief valves. In addition, he or she will take a look at your pipes, valves and all connections to ensure that there are no signs of weakness or leaks that could potentially damage your home, lower your water heater’s efficiency or waste extra money. It’s especially important that you seek out professional water heater maintenance if you live in a hard-water area, as the sediment created by hard-water minerals can decrease efficiency and damage your equipment. A professional can retrofit your system with a curved-dip tube to help flush harmful sediment from the water tank.
To supplement professional maintenance, you can take on the simple project of flushing sediments from your system on your own to boost efficiency. Simply follow these steps:
1. Depending on if your system is heated by gas or electricity, you will need to shut off the appropriate heat source,and then access the water-shut off located at the top of your unit.
2. Attach a hose to the spigot connected to the water heater, run the hose to a drain, and turn on the drain valve to empty out the tank for about 20 minutes.
3. Once drained, turn on the pressure valve at the top of the tank to force out any remaining sediment, and refill the tank.
To schedule water heater maintenance or for further advice, contact the professionals at Sobieski Services. We proudly serve residents of Wilmington, Newark, West Chester and Dover.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Wilmington, Delaware and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC & plumbing systems).
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