September 1st, 2015
Maintaining your water heater is an important practice. It affects the life expectancy, energy efficiency and safety of the unit. Once a year (or more often if there is a lot of sediment in your water) drain a few gallons out of the drain valve of your water heater. If you notice a lot of sediment or debris then we recommend a full flush. A full flush involves completely emptying the tank of water, turning the water back on while the drain is open and letting the water flow through removing any lingering sediment or debris.
While you are draining or flushing the tank inspect the water heater. Check for any leaks or heavy corrosion on the water pipes and the T/P overflow valve. If you have a gas water heater inspect the gas lines and gas parts. Look for any corrosion or wear on the piping. Check the thermostat for corrosion or black soot marks. Inspect the area below the gas thermostat where the gas chamber is. If you notice any black residue, soot or charred metal, this may be a sign of combustion issues and the unit should then be serviced by a professional plumber.