2. Adjust Temperature Dial
You should keep your hot water at about 120 degrees F, as any higher causes unnecessary strain and can increase your energy costs and reduce your water heater's efficiency. If you are leaving for an extended period, you should turn the water temperature down.
3. Visually Inspect the System
Regardless if you have a water heater tank or tankless water heater, you should get in the habit of inspecting the appliance to look for signs of leaks and damage. If you find any leaks, call an expert to patch the holes and professionally inspect and maintain your water heater.
4. Test Pressure Relief Valve
The pressure relief valve allows the heater to vent pressure from the hot water to prevent tank and pipe damage. You can test the relief valve as part of routine water heater maintenance by opening it and listening for the characteristic hiss of escaping water vapor and gas. If the valve is stuck, don't try to force it open, as it could be dangerous.
5. Check the Anode Rod
Your water heater tank is susceptible to scale and sediment buildup from mineral deposits in the water. The anode rod exists to capture the majority of this sediment and prevent buildup in the tank. If the anode rod is highly corroded, you should replace it with a new rod.
6. Tighten Connections
Unlike electric water heaters, gas water heaters connect to a gas supply piped in through the walls. Loose connections on gas heaters can cause gas leaks that pose a health hazard to you and your family. With an electric heater, tightening electrical connections can prevent the heater from tripping the circuit breaker from improper current draw or voltage.
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