The water heater is an important piece of equipment in your home. Whether by using gas or electricity, it provides you with hot water that you use throughout the day. Although a water heater is usually durable, you need to maintain it in order for it to last a long time. In addition to investing in professional maintenance, here’s what homeowners can do to ensure their water heater operates efficiently, doesn’t break down and lasts at least until its expected expiration date.

Lower the Temperature

To prevent your water heater from overheating and to reduce your energy bills, simply lower its temperature setting so it reads between 115 and 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Although a simple step, it’s an important one to remember.

Test the TPR Valve

Testing anything related to your water heater might sound difficult, but this is another easy step you can take to maintain it. Here are the steps for testing the temperature pressure release valve on your water heater.

  1. Shut the power and the cold-water supply valve off.
  2. Put a bucket under the pipe connected to the TPR valve, which is located on the top or side of the tank.
  3. Lift the TPR valveā€™s tab to let some water out before letting it go.

If the water keeps flowing, the TPR valve needs replacing. Otherwise, it should lock back into place.

Perform a Flush

To remove any sediments that have collected at the bottom of the tank, which can eventually result in rust and corrosion, perform a flush. Here’s how you can perform a flush on your water heating system.

  1. Drain the water in the tank and stir the sediment by opening the cold-water supply valve for a few seconds.
  2. Drain and repeat this process until only clear water comes out of the hose.
  3. Close the drain cock, refill the tank with water and turn the power back on afterward.

Clean the Passage Ways

Prior to draining the electric heater, make sure the power is off. If there are any frayed connections, you should consult a professional plumber or electrician before moving forward with cleaning the passage ways. Otherwise, it could pose a risk to your safety or result in an even costlier repair.

If you own a Carrier water heater and need it maintained, of if you’d like to purchase one, read on about our preventive maintenance plans or contact the plumbing professionals at Bodine-Scott Air Conditioning Co. by calling (361) 883-9900 .

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