Top 5 Water Heater Do’s and Don’ts
When it comes to water heaters, many homeowners aren't actually very aware of how their water heater works, or what the signs might be that their water heater isn't working correctly. A problematic water heater can cause a lot more than a cold shower and a headache – it can damage your home and void your entire paycheck. It's time to share some Do's and Don'ts that can help you be a better informed water heater owner.
- DO check regularly. Often the issues we see come from homeowners who haven’t taken a look at their water heater in ages. Make it a point to give your water heater regular checks. Every few months it’s time to look for drips, leaks, rust, or other corrosion that might make for future issues.
- DON'T crank the heat. Do not keep the temperature of your water heater at dangerous levels. It’s tempting to keep your water heater at the highest level they suggest. Turning it down a few degrees is not only safer, but easier on your water heater.
- DO keep your water heater well ventilated. Be sure that your water heater has adequate space and air flow.
- DON'T ignore “knocking.” Many homeowners hear a knocking sound from their water heater long before they try to check for issues with their water heater. If you hear a knocking, clanking, or any laboring sounds from your water heater you may need to call a professional right away.
- DO check for rust deposits. By draining the water from your water heater you can see very quickly if there are rust or silt deposits in your water heater. That may mean your water heater is enduing corrosion. Do not drain your water heater if you have not regularly flushed your water heater at least once a year, this may cause premature failure of your water heater tank. There is a drain valve near the bottom of the water heater, so draining a few cups of water will show you the cleanliness level of the water you’re retaining. If you do find rust, silt, or anything other than clear water, it’s time to possibly even replace your water heater.
If you are experiencing any issues with your water heater, you need to get an expert opinion now, before issues compound and leave you with ice cold water, a leaking water heater, or an incredibly expensive repair or replacement. Follow these do's and don’ts, and call us when you need water heater help.