There are some things you can do on your own, however, having a plumber periodically check your water heater is an important part of water heater maintenance.
Check your water heater temperature setting
- Check the temperature setting on your water heater. On a gas heater there will be a knob on the gas valve. On an electric water heater look for the thermostat behind a panel.
- Keep the temperature between 115 to 120 degrees F.
- By lowering the temperature setting you will protect the tank from overheating, protect your family from any scalding injuries, and reduce the energy used to heat the water.
Remove sediment from the bottom of the water heater tank with a “mini flush”
- This is important to prevent rust, corrosion and also improves the efficiency of the water heater.
- This mini-flush is not as beneficial as a full-flush, but a full-flush requires shutting down the water heater. Your plumber should perform a water heater full-flush during a regular yearly maintenance inspection. Your plumber should also check the temperature and pressure (T&P) relief valve once a year. This is very important to ensure continued safe operation of your water heater.
- For a mini-flush, place a bucket under the drain valve found near the bottom of the hot water heater tank.
- Drain valve may have a handle or a short handle-less stem with a slot for a flat blade screwdriver.
- Close the valve by turning it clockwise and drain the bucket.
When it’s time for the help of a professional plumber in the Raleigh, NC area, give us a call or schedule service online.