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Hot Water, Happy Home: The Benefits of Timely Water Heater Maintenance

A properly functioning water heater is vital for a comfortable home. As the go-to HVAC and plumbing contractor in Santa Rosa, CA, Elevated Comfort understands the significance of regular water heater maintenance. In this article, we explore the benefits of timely maintenance, ensuring you enjoy an uninterrupted supply of hot water and a plumbing system that runs smoothly.

Understanding the Importance of Water Heater Maintenance

Hot Water, The Benefits of Timely Water Heater MaintenanceRegular maintenance is key to ensuring your water heater continues to deliver a consistent supply of hot water. Routine maintenance helps identify and address potential issues early, preventing major breakdowns and extending the lifespan of your water heater.

Professional Maintenance Services

When it comes to water heater maintenance, seeking professional assistance ensures thorough and reliable service. Consider these preventive measures to stave off costly repairs down the line.

Flushing the Tank

Sediment buildup inside the tank can reduce efficiency and lead to corrosion. Flushing the tank removes sediment, improving performance and prolonging the water heater’s life.

Insulating Hot Water Pipes

The Benefits of Timely Water Heater MaintenanceProperly insulating hot water pipes minimizes heat loss during distribution, ensuring hot water reaches your faucets faster and reduces energy waste.

Checking Pressure Relief Valves

Faulty pressure relief valves can cause excessive pressure buildup, posing safety risks. Regular inspections and replacements, if necessary, help maintain optimal safety levels.

Temperature Settings

Adjusting your water heater’s temperature to an optimal range (usually 120°F) reduces energy consumption and minimizes the risk of scalding.

Reap the Rewards: Increased Efficiency and Energy Savings

Regular maintenance not only keeps your water heater functioning optimally but also promotes energy-efficient operation, resulting in cost savings. Timely maintenance allows for the identification and resolution of minor issues before they escalate into major problems, saving you from expensive repairs.

Elevate Your Water Heater’s Performance with Regular Maintenance

Water Heater MaintenanceBy prioritizing water heater maintenance, you create a foundation for a blissful and hassle-free home. With Elevated Comfort’s expertise, you can ensure an uninterrupted supply of hot water, extend your water heater’s lifespan, and maximize energy efficiency. Embrace the benefits of regular maintenance and consult Elevated Comfort for professional assistance in maintaining a reliable and efficient plumbing system.

Behind the Scenes in Plumbing: How to Flush a Water Heater

It’s that time of year again – it’s hot, and you’re probably thinking about ways to cool down. But have you thought about your water heater? Annual maintenance is an important part of keeping your home running smoothly. In this behind the scenes plumbing tutorial, Nick explains the best practices for flushing a water heater during annual maintenance.

How Often Should You Flush a Water Heater?

The tech featured in the video above is Nick. With elevated comfort plumbing, heating, and air today we’re going to talk about doing a water heater flush, anode rod check, just a safety inspection should be done yearly. Once a year, every year this is a 40 gallon American standard. First things first we want to figure out how old this system is. You know usually you can tell by the model number. Any technician should be giving you that information.

Plumbing Behind the Scenes: Step-by-Step Water Heater Flush

First, we’ll shut the water down to the water heater. This is our domestic cold water inlet. From there, what we do is shut that guy down. We’re going to hook up a standard garden hose to the drain valve and drain it out. This will allow us to descale the tank itself. Getting the most minimal amount of calcium, sand, and debris out of the tank is something that you want to do from the first year it’s installed. If you wait 10 years and then try to do it, it’s not really going to do anything for your system.

Once that’s all descaled, we come over to this system. This system has a hex head style anode rod inside the unit. The anode rod is magnesium with city water, and their zinc with well water. Otherwise you start getting that rotten egg smell. So for this system, in particular, city water application is a magnesium rod. Now there are two places these can be on this system: on a hex style or a nipple style. You know, some of the older systems have a hex style, and others have a nipple style. Your plumber will be able to determine where the anode rod is located in the tank.

In this case, we’re going to use a big impact wrench with a socket that’s 27 millimeters to unscrew the rod. It should just unthread out of there. This one is missing for some reason – it has half the rod going – but it should be about the length of the tank, going all the way down to right above the burner. What this does is it attracts calcium and sediment minerals and debris things like that. Hard water can cause these systems to overheat, so it’s important to swap out the filter every two to four years.

Behind the Scenes Tip: Flush Often for Stable Temps

So if you are a household that is constantly turning up the temperature on your water heater, you know that every year or every six months it’s probably because you haven’t had it looked at in a while. It is very important that your plumber and you work together to make the best judgment on whether one of these needs to be replaced or if the tank is long gone and needs to be replaced entirely, or if you can put a new anode rod in it. If your inner rod looks good, it just needs to be wiped clean; it may have another year or two in it.

Then, you throw it back in and cinch everything down after that process. You know we’re sure there’ll be questions involved but your plumber’s going to get rid of the hose close up that bib and slowly fill this guy back up releasing air either out of the TMP valve if it’s new enough or through a inside fixture like a bathtub or something like that. So once that’s all done, your system’s good. You kick it back to 120 degrees and give it 30 to 45 minutes – that is your water heater flush.

Why Start at a Bathtub?

The reason why we want to start at a bathtub instead of a kitchen faucet is because if there is any sediment minerals inside of the tank, we don’t want to stir it up and suck it through the faucet. We always want to go to a bathtub or something with a big amount of water that comes out – this is your water heater flush. Hopefully this is helpful, like we said, with a system like this or a process of how to maintain these- it’s like a car, right? You have to change the oil, rotate the tires, and clean the air filters. We ask so much of these things every day – to give us hot showers after a long day, to be sanitary when we’re washing our hands, and to do dishes – that we have to take care of them.

Want More Behind the Scenes HVAC and Plumbing Tips?

Our channel features weekly tune-up tips and more. However, maintenance is always the best behind the scenes secret that we can pass on, it’s the difference between six years of use letting it sit or thirteen to fifteen years if you take good care of your equipment. Number one: a good manufacturer and a homeowner that knows how to take care of their equipment are very important. We have a monthly plan for nineteen dollars a month. It’s something that we come out and do for you, which is really cool. Hopefully that’s helpful, guys. Thanks for reading and have a good day!