Tips on Keeping on Your Water Heater Up & Running

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Water heater malfunctions can be expensive and messy. Here's five tips on keeping yours working efficiently:

  • Check water pressure regularly. If it is over 80 pounds per square inch, you should ask your plumber to install a water pressure reducing valve and set it to between 50 and 60 PSI.
  • Check to make sure there is an expansion tank. If you don't have one, call your plumber to arrange for an install.
  • Check to see if your valves are leaking. This is a sign that the water pressure is too high.
  • Drain and flush your water tank. Turn off the cold water supply and open the drain valve. Open the pressure relief valve. Drain 3 gallons of water. If it is milky, drain the entire tank. Then close the drain valve and reopen the cold water supply. Then open any hot water faucet in the house and let hot water run for three minutes, to ensure that all of the air is out of the tank.
  • Make sure your plumber is checking the anode rod at least once every three years. This will prevent corrosion and extend the life of your water heater

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