Water Heater Tips
There are several problems that can arise with your home’s hot water heater. They can be classified on the basis of severity with the most serious involving leaks which should be handled by the professionals.
Water Heater Preventative Maintenance
Maintaining your water heater in tip top shape should be a priority and entails several simple steps. The first step involves periodically checking for leaks. Check all the pipe connections, the valves and underneath the unit.
Along with the periodic leak check, the correct operation of the temperature/pressure relief valve should also verified. Since obviously the water in the tank is hot and could cause scalding burns, it is advisable to exercise caution in this step. To check, pull up or push down on the valve handle. Hot water should then flow from the overflow pipe. If it does not, it’s time to call the plumber.
Another step that can be done to check on the operation of the water heater is to periodically drain some water from the bottom of the unit. This can be done by opening the drain faucet which is located at to bottom of the heater. Again, as before, this water will be hot. If desired or necessary, a garden hose could be attached. Drain the water into a bucket. This will remove sediment from the bottom of the heater which could impair its heating efficiency.
If you are uncomfortable performing these steps, please call us at 706-543-1497.
Problems with your Water Heater
If, in spite of the preventative measures detailed above, problems may still arise. For instance, what should you do if you are no longer getting hot water? The first step depends on whether your water heater is gas fired or electric. If you don’t know call us. If it is gas, check that the pilot light. If it is electric, make sure that the circuit breaker has not been tripped. If this step does not solve the problem, then it is time to call your friendly plumber at Athens Plumbing & Well Service at 706-543-1497 to help you with water heaters in Athens, GA.