Water heaters have a way of failing at the most inopportune moments. In addition to the inconvenience of a failing water heater, replacement can be expensive. By sticking to a schedule of regular maintenance, you can extend the life of your water heater and catch any problems that do occur in the early stages, when they are cheaper for your plumber to fix. Here are some of the maintenance services your plumber may recommend to care for your hot water heater.
T&P Valve Service
T&P valves, or temperature and pressure valves, are one of the most important pieces of safety equipment on a hot water heater. These valves sense when the pressure has reached the maximum level inside your water tank, at which point they open to release some of that pressure. When the valves don’t work correctly, the pressure can build to unsafe levels inside your water tank, which could lead to a tank explosion. Your plumber will test the valve by pulling the trip level to see if air is released. If it is not, the valve will need to be replaced.
Sediment buildup is a common problem in hot water heater tanks. As sediment increases, your water heater will become less efficient and your water lines will become clogged. To remove the sediment, your plumber will flush the tank. This involves draining the tank completely so that as much sediment flows out with the water as possible.
Leaks develop easily around hot water heaters, so you should periodically check for signs of water loss around your tank. When a leak is found, it is typically caused by a problem with the connections for the water supply. Your plumber will identify and repair or replace any pipes or fittings that are to blame for the leak.
Let Ace Plumbing help you keep your water heater in good condition with maintenance work and hot water heater repairs in Sacramento . To set up an appointment for service, please call (916) 455-4548.