How And Why To Keep Your Water Heater Clean
Routine Maintenance is a Critical Component to Efficiency
The water heater is one of the most critical parts of a home heating system. Some homeowners, however, may not realize the importance of keeping their system clean on a regular basis. Cleaning the hot water system is a critical part of maintaining the unit, though, so homeowners need to learn how to clean their units properly.
Benefits Of Cleaning A Water Heater
If you keep your water heater clean, you’ll find that the system will work better, which can help you save on water heating costs. Since the hot water heating system is usually one of the biggest fuel expenses in a household, keeping the unit clean and well-maintained can improve your energy efficiency, which can drastically affect your energy bill.
How To Keep Your Water Heater Clean
No matter which water heater model you own, it’s a good idea to follow the instructions in your system’s operating manual for cleaning. If you purchased the home with an existing water heater unit and you don’t have the manual, a simple way to clean your system is to remove 32 ounces of water from the tank every month. Doing so can help you to get rid of any mineral buildup that may have occurred during normal use.
To clean an electric water heater that is emitting bad odors, simply use chlorine to flush the system. Disconnect the heater from the power source and drain out the excess water. Flush it with a few gallons of regular chlorine and then replace the water in the system before reconnecting it.
If you have a tankless water heater, you can clean it by using a few garden hoses to run vinegar through the unit. After flushing the vinegar through the unit, simply put the system back together and run it for 15 minutes to rinse it. Make sure that you have completely disassembled the unit and turned off the appropriate circuit breakers and water supply connection before you begin cleaning.
Preventing Your Water Heater From Blowing Up
If your water heater is experiencing symptoms that demonstrate an impending problem, it’s wise to give attention to it right away before the situation worsens. If you notice the relief valve leaking it may be caused by too much pressure to much heat or both. DO NOTignore. DO NOT plug off the valve. An unattended problem can cause your unit to blow up. Common concerns include a consistent problem with hot water supply, unpleasant smells coming from the unit, and water leaks.
If you decide to install a new water heater in your home, you’ll need to make sure that the system is properly installed from the beginning. Slight mistakes, such as a misaligned level, can put increased pressure on your system and affect the flow of hot water through your home.
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