Gas and Air Solutions: Heating Maintenance for Homeowners

Your water heater is one rather used and more appliances in your home, and consumes a large involving your energy dollars each month. And experts say regular care and maintenance is essential to protecting your investment and saving from the home heating as well as costs.

Regular flushing of your water heater is probably the single most important step you get to prolong its service life and even save energy. In a period of time, sediments strengthen in the bottom of your water heater. These sediments act as a barrier between the flame and the tank, thereby making your heater burn longer and hotter. In part destructive to the tank, but highly inefficient and will significantly raise your heating costs.

In most associated with the country, the average water heater lasts 3-5 years. Regularly flushing your water heater can double daily life of your water heater from 3-5 to 7-10 years. And with the costs of replacement running from $700 to over $1200 in some cases, getting the most from your heater is critical in today’s economy. In addition, regular flushing makes your hot water heater run more efficiently and can cut heating costs in half. Depending on the volume of warm water your home uses, that can mean a savings of $20 to over $50 a week.

To drain your water heater, initially you should set the thermostat to pilot (if it is often a gas water heater) or turn the circuit breaker off (if it is electric heater). Failure to do so could result in overheating and severe damage to the actual heater. Next, close the water supply valve located more than a water inlet line going into your water heater. Then you’re connect a hose to the drain valve located towards the bottom of the heater tank. Open the drain and allow it to run until all on the water has emptied from the air conditioner. Then close the drain. Open the water supply valve and refill the heater. You should also open a hot water faucet somewhere indoors and stand there and watch it run for several minutes until the actual flows out smoothly. This will allow air to vent off of the heater and the hot water lines. Finally, you can turn the thermostat to be able to its regular setting (for a gas heater), or turn the circuit breakers back on (for an electric heater).

Besides regularly flushing your water heater, plumbing experts also advise adding a water treatment system to your residence to filter or condition the water so it is less corrosive to your plumbing system, particularly in areas which have hard wetness. For more ways to care for and protect your home plumbing system, contact a licensed, professional plumbing contractor in your area to discuss options and products to be fitting.

Abacus Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electrical

The Woodlands, TX

(281) 528-1610

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