Water Heater Maintenance

Fall Water Heater Maintenance Tips That Can Save You From an Emergency

Water heater maintenance is a critical component of your home’s energy efficiency. But it can also help ensure that your water heater works when you need it most.


It’s easy to forget about your water heater until you need it. But if you want to make sure it’s working at its best all winter long, don’t wait for the cold to hit! Talk to one of All Year’s experts at 916-922-7796 or info@allyearah.com.


In this article, we’ll talk about the importance of water heater maintenance and how you can save yourself from an emergency by performing small tasks on your own.

Flush out any sediment buildup in your tank.

It’s a crucial step to keeping your hot water heater running smoothly. We recommend that you flush out the sediment every six months at a minimum and more frequently if there are any problems with your system.

If you fail to flush the sediment out of your tank regularly, it can cause several issues with your unit (like having no hot water available at all). If this happens, call a professional immediately who can get everything back up and running as quickly as possible!


Adjust the temperature setting.

It’s best to keep your hot water at 120 degrees F, which is warm enough for showering and hand washing. To ensure a safe temperature, turn off your gas water heater’s pilot light (a safety feature designed to prevent an explosion) before adjusting its thermostat.

If you’re not sure how to do that, here are some simple instructions:

  1. Turn off the gas at the meter.
  2. Open a hot-water faucet on any other sink or bathtub in the house.
  3. Turn on the gas at the meter.
  4. Wait for about 30 seconds for all air in the system to be purged from the lines and for all equipment to come online.
  5. Feel around inside the cabinet housing your water heater until you find an adjustable dial (usually near where copper pipes connect) that controls temperature settings.


Watch out for leaks and signs of rust or corrosion.

While water heater maintenance is important for all homeowners, those living in hard water areas may need to be more vigilant. Hard water contains minerals that can build up over time on the heating elements and pipes of your hot water heater.

These mineral deposits cause corrosion and buildup, which can lead to leaks. That’s why it’s important to do regular maintenance to avoid any leaks, rust, or corrosion around your hot water tank.


Check the pressure and expansion valve.

If you want to check if your hot water tank is operating properly, look at the temperature and pressure governor (T&P). This device monitors how much energy is being used to know when it should cut off power. The usual indicator is when there aren’t enough electrons flowing through the wires inside your home’s electrical system.

When this happens, another part called an expansion valve kicks into action, ensuring nothing gets too hot inside. But before that happens, there has been some damage done already.

It could cause further issues later down the road, like pipe corrosion from overheating. It’s due to too much current flowing through them simultaneously, causing excessive heat buildup between connections that weren’t designed correctly originally.


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Final Word on Water Heater Maintenance

Different types of water heaters require different maintenance guidelines. With these four tips, you can keep your hot water tank in good shape for the coming months and years.

If you’re unsure how to handle any of them or want to buy one, call us at 916-922-7796 or email us at info@allyearah.com. Our team here at All Year would be happy to answer your questions or take care of any issues that arise!