It’s no secret that the harsh winter conditions are tough on a home’s plumbing system, and the hot water heater in particular. That’s why we recommend that you get the hot water heater maintenance out of the way before the worst of the cold weather hits. The Anta Plumbing team got together and discussed some of the best tips for keeping your hot water heater in tip top shape and to maximize its lifespan and efficiency.
Anta Plumbing is one of the largest Toronto plumbing contractors and drain cleaning services and our master plumbers know all about hot water heater maintenance issues. Since a water heater is one of the main energy-using appliances in your home, and used most frequently without giving it a second thought. The objectives of water heater maintenance, include:
relieving valve problems
reducing electricity usage
flushing the water heater
checking the heater’s voltage
setting the correct temperature
As a homeowner, there are some tasks that you can perform before the cold weather sets in. Here’s what you can do:
1. Inspect the valve
Take a good look at the onoff valve on your hot water heater. Sometimes, small leaks occur and the valve will need replacing, or at the least, professional maintenance.
2. Flush the tank
Sediment builds up in the bottom of the tank, causing long term problems while also reducing the efficiency of the heating element.
3. Inspect for rust
Look at the outside of the tank to see if you can see any rust spots, that will cause trouble. If you see small spots, be sure to check on it regularly. Spots that increase in size or multiply could cause the tank to break and flood your home. The water heater will have to be replaced.
If it takes longer than usual to get hot water, or if it is not as hot as it should be, it is possible your water heater is starting to fail. Loud, gurgling noises can also indicate issues with the hot water heater, and indicate that you may need to have it replaced sooner rather than later.
As a homeowner, you know what’s normal and what’s not when it comes to your home, but don’t be complacent about small new plumbing changes. Just as a small leak can quickly escalate into a flood, so can a small change on your water heater result in a plumbing emergency.
Don’t delay when it comes to hot water heater maintenance. Get in touch with Anta Plumbing as soon as you notice any changes. We will do a professional inspection and recommend on whether all your water heater needs is a good flushing, or whether adding insulation will help reduce heat loss. Sometimes, all it needs is a good flush, or installing a new anode rod.
As a bonus, keeping your hot water heater in a good working condition will help save energy and reduce heating costs. It will also help to increase the lifespan of your heater and its efficiency.