Hello, dear readers! In the latest Cam blog, we found that our main man discovered a vital yet often overlooked detail – the anode rod in the hot water heater requires periodic replacement. Unfortunately for Cam, his basement turned into an unintended indoor pool. Therefore, we decided that we should learn from Cam’s mistakes. What better way tan to discuss some important safety and maintenance tips for hot water heaters.
Hot Water Heaters
We recommend routinely performing checks and maintenance on your hot water tank. This both increases the efficiency of the unit and ensures safety.
Normal life expectancy of a water tank is eight to twelve years. Therefore, checking the tank for leaks or corrosion is important to detect any deterioration before it becomes a problem.
Maintaining The Tank
Here are some important maintenance tips for maintaining your hot water heater.
1. Inspect Water Lines and Drain Valve
Check the water lines on top of the unit and the bottom drain valve.
2. Sediment Flushing and Power Off
Drain and flush sediment out of the tank periodically and always turn off the power before proceeding.
3. Temperature Relief Valve (TRPV) Check
Check the temperature relief valve (TPRV) located on the side of the unit to ensure the safety of the unit. It should be noted that:
- A down tube should safely direct hot water/steam away from you.
- There should be no cap on the valve, as this allows for the release of pressure.
4. Inspect Exhaust Pipe and Vent Connector
Make sure the vent connector and exhaust pipe are securely attached.
5. Burner and Pilot Lights
Inspect your flames shields on your burner and pilot lights to ensure they are in place.
6. Anode Maintenance
Make sure to check the sacrificial anode. This is a rod inside the tank that attracts corrosive minerals to prevent damage to the tank. Further, change as required.
Campbell & Haliburton Insurance Recommendation
Always consult a professional plumber should you have questions or concerns about your hot water heater. Finally, please consult with your insurance broker before you make any changes to your hot water heater or home.