This fall, don’t forget to add draining the water heater to your to-do list. Winters in Northeast Ohio are long and cold, and you can prevent a situation from occurring where you end up in a basement full of hot water while trying to schedule a repair when you need your hot water the most.
To drain your water heater, hook a hose to your tank by way of the drainage valve and feed the hose away from any areas where someone could be scalded by the hot water. Before you open the drainage valve, relieve some pressure from the tank by opening up a hot water faucet somewhere in your home.
While the water is draining, take a quick temperature reading of the water that’s being removed. Anything higher or lower than the set temperature could indicate there’s a problem with the heating element of your unit.
The drainage process will remove sediment buildup that can block the flow of water into your home as well as prevent water from heating properly.
An inspection of the tank itself can determine if replacing the unit is in the near future. Rust accumulation, dents or wear are things to look for.
The water heater and all the pipes and drains coming from the tank should be free of leaks or damage.
Draining your water heater each fall is a simple process that helps secure the comfort level of your home for the winter. Contact Geisel Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbingfor more information on routine fall maintenance for your home.
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