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5 Reasons You Need to Invest in Annual Water Heater Maintenance Services

16 Jul 2018

5 Tips to Help with Annual Water Heater Maintenance

It might not seem like it, but your water heater requires regular maintenance and might need repairs just like any other home appliance. All too often, homeowner neglect this need, forgetting that their ability to enjoy hot water on demand requires a reliable water heater. Not sure what sort of maintenance your water heater needs? Here’s a quick guide to help.

Check the Thermostat

The thermostat is the key to maintaining the right temperature within your water cylinder. If the thermostat is too low, the water will not be the right temperature at the taps. If it is too high, it could pose a safety hazard. In many cases, you can “set it and forget it”. Your thermostat should not change temperature on its own. Still, it’s helpful to check it periodically to make sure it hasn’t been jostled.

Check for Leaks

An annual leak inspection is a vital part of ensuring that your water heater stays in top condition. You’ll want to check for leaks on the body of the cylinder, at the bottom of the cylinder, at the pressure relief valve near the top, and at the pipes leading into and out of the cylinder, as well. Any signs of a leak will require the assistance of a professional.

Regular Flushes

One of the more important elements of water heater maintenance is to have it regularly flushed out. Minerals and sediment in the water that enters the cylinder will build up at the bottom of the tank. If left untreated, this can cause serious problems, including leaks in the tank, and blockage of the water lines. Your tank should be flushed annually to remove sediment.

Pressure Relief Valve Inspection

The pressure relief valve is located near the top of the water heater, and is designed to vent excess pressure if a dangerous situation were to develop. However, these valves can fail over time. This could mean a potential leak, or it could mean that the valve will fail to open and vent excess pressure, leading to a very serious issue. The pressure relief valve should be inspected annually, and replaced if necessary.

If you own an unvented water cylinder, annual maintenance is also necessary for your homeowner’s insurance. Your insurer will require that you have the cylinder inspected annually by a plumber certified in unvented maintenance and installation.

Going it alone in terms of water heater maintenance is never a good idea. We can help. Call EasyFlow today at 0161 941 5571 to learn more about our maintenance plans, and how they can benefit you.


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