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  • Routine Water Heater Maintenance

    August 31, 2018

    One of the joys of homeownership (slight sarcasm intended) is the constant maintenance of what seems like every possible appliance in your home. The HVAC Unit, the air filters, the woodwork – it all needs to be checked up on, and routine water heater maintenance is no exception.

    Even though it performs its job well and without issue for the most part (except for those groggy early mornings when you stumble into an ice-cold shower), water heaters need maintaining as well. They last fairly long, but by performing routine maintenance on it, you can maximize its life. You’ll also ensure your water heater keeps providing the hot water you’ve come to expect every day.

    The Benefits of Routine Water Heater Maintenance

    Luckily, most of the things required for water heater upkeep aren’t too technical, and you can knock them out in an afternoon. Although water heaters aren’t overly complicated, you can avoid any water heater-related mishaps and let a qualified technician handle it. Don’t look any further than Barker Heating & Cooling!

    Our team provides comprehensive water heater service. In addition to routine maintenance, we offer repair and installation for traditional and tankless models!

    Flush It!

    Arguably the most effective method of keeping your water heater in shape is by flushing it out roughly once a year. We say “roughly” because prescribing one uniform schedule for every water heater doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. Some need more frequent flushes depending on certain circumstances in the home, while others don’t need it nearly as often. Once a year is the average though.

    A flush rids your water heater of any sediment or mineral deposits that have accumulated over time. If the water in your area is “hard” – that is, more mineral-heavy – then those particles will settle in to your water heater and affect the efficiency of its performance.

    Flushing it gets rid of minerals and returns your water heater back to its optimal effectiveness.

    Valves, Rods and Pipes – Oh My!

    Give your water heater a quick look-over and inspect the various parts of it. There are a few valves and connection points that need to be checked, because they can deteriorate, decreasing its performance.

    • Check the TPR valve (temperature-pressure-release valve) to make sure it isn’t leaking.
    • Insulate the pipes connecting your water heater using foam insulation. This will protect the pipes from outside elements and increase longevity!
    • While flushing your water heater, unscrew the anode rod from the top of your water heater and look at its current state. If there’s a lot of mineral buildup on it, a replacement might be a good choice.

    There are obviously more components to a water heater’s structure that we haven’t mentioned – but if we went through everything, one by one, we’d be here all day. The tips we’ve offered are quick things that don’t take a lot of time, and it’ll help you get a good read on your water heater’s longevity.

    Barker Heating & Cooling can ease your mind and take care of all your water heater-related needs, from part replacement to total installation of a brand-new unit. Just give us a call at 925-276-9601, and we’ll get one of our expert technicians out to your home in a hurry!