Basic Maintenance Tips for Water Heating Units
December 16, 2013
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As the old adage goes, “prevention is much better than cure.” So in essence, the best way to fix any problems with water heaters is to prevent them from occurring in the first place through regular maintenance. The job is hardly as simple as it sounds, though, since the first step in conducting regular maintenance is to drain the contents of the heater’s water tank, which can be time-consuming and difficult to do.
Since water heaters all come in various shapes and sizes, there are also numerous ways to drain them completely, so it may be best for people to read their unit’s instruction manual for a step-by-step process. As tedious as it sounds, this initial step is very important, as it will reveal any sediments in the water tank. These deposits usually cause the unit’s burner to perform less efficiently since they settle at the bottom and absorb most of the heat.
Insufficient heat may also be caused by a faulty gas system (for gas-based water heaters) or circuit breaker (for electric heaters), so it is also important to have these things regularly maintained. If the heating unit incorporates an anode rod, the rod should be replaced immediately if it is badly rusted. Otherwise, hot water will corrode the inner layers of the heating unit, which would cause it to fall apart over time.