While electric hot water heaters are fairly maintenance-free appliances, they do need some regular maintenance to ensure that they are working well and have not developed any leaks. By catching small problems, you can avoid larger repair costs later on.
Follow these tips to properly care for your home's electric water heater:
Use Dish Soap to Help Locate Water Leaks
If your water heater has a small water leak that you are unable to determine the location of by just simply looking at it, then you can use your kitchen's dish soap to assist you. Place a teaspoon of dish soap into a cup of water and rub it on the water heater on any area that you think may be leaking. You can apply the soapy water using an old toothbrush or your finger.
The area that is leaking will form bubbles in the soap that will allow you to easily see where they problem lies. If the tank is leaking, then you will need to replace you water heater. However, if one of the plumbing connections is leaking, then you can easily repair the problem.
Drain Your Home's Water Heater Every Year
Since all municipal and well water has some contamination in it from natural mineralization, you should drain your home's hot water each year to allow any build up of minerals to flush out of the water heater.
There are many videos online that will show you how to safely drain you home's water heater. However, what many of them do not mention is that once the tank is drained, then you need to inspect the inside of the tank for scale build up or any signs of rust. You can do this by inserting a small automobile inspection mirror into the outlet that you used to drain the water heater. You should also stick your finger into the bottom of the tank and see if it comes out with any mineralization on it.
Use a Water Softener to Reduce Scale Inside Your Home's Water Heater
Finally, if you drain your home's water heater to clean it and discover that there is white scale building up inside of it, then you should have a water softener installed for your home. The water softener will remove the harmful calcium salts before they can enter into your home's plumbing and damage it. A water softener will also lengthen the time your water heater will last before it needs replacement. For more information, talk to a professional like Brother's Plumbing.Share
11 September 2015
Do you know when to call a plumber? I had it in my head that plumbing was a simple system in my home that I could manage myself, but quickly learned otherwise. After completing a bathroom renovation myself and having a few of the water and drain pipe connections fail, I quickly learned that it was one job that I should have left to a professional. My website offers you simple solutions to small plumbing issues and a short guide to help you determine if your best option is to call in the professional plumbers. Hopefully, my mistakes will help you learn what not to do in your home.