Blog Fire-Breathing Fixes: Dragon Plumbing's Ultimate Guide to Hot Water Heater Maintenance Apr 10, 2024

As the days get colder, one thing you definitely don't want to be without is a reliable hot water heater. At Dragon Plumbing & Contracting, we understand the importance of hot water in your home, which is why we have put together the ultimate guide to hot water heater maintenance to help you keep your system running smoothly all winter long.

The first step in hot water heater maintenance is to regularly check for leaks. A leaking hot water heater can not only lead to water damage in your home, but it can also cause your energy bills to skyrocket. Look for any signs of water pooling around the base of your unit or dripping from the temperature-pressure relief valve. If you notice any leaks, be sure to contact Dragon Plumbing & Contracting right away to prevent any further damage.

In addition to checking for leaks, it's important to flush your hot water heater at least once a year. Over time, sediment can build up at the bottom of your tank, leading to decreased efficiency and even a complete breakdown of your system. Flushing your hot water heater will help remove this sediment and keep your system running smoothly. If you're not comfortable flushing your hot water heater yourself, our team at Dragon Plumbing & Contracting is always happy to help.

Another key aspect of hot water heater maintenance is checking the temperature settings on your unit. Most manufacturers recommend setting your hot water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit to prevent scalding and save energy. If you notice that your water is not getting hot enough or is scalding hot, it may be time to adjust your temperature settings. If you're unsure how to do this, don't hesitate to reach out to Dragon Plumbing & Contracting for assistance.

Finally, regular inspections by a professional plumber are crucial for maintaining your hot water heater. Our team at Dragon Plumbing & Contracting can perform a thorough inspection of your system to identify any potential issues before they become major problems. From checking the anode rod to inspecting the pressure relief valve, we will ensure that your hot water heater is in top condition.

By following these tips for hot water heater maintenance, you can extend the life of your system and enjoy reliable hot water throughout the winter months. Remember, regular maintenance is key to avoiding unexpected breakdowns and costly repairs. If you ever have any questions or concerns about your hot water heater, don't hesitate to contact Dragon Plumbing & Contracting. Our team of experienced plumbers is always here to help.

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