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water heater details and recommendations
While the common longevity of a water heater is approximately 12 years, many things can impact
the endurance of a water heater.
For safety purposes, keep the temperature dial setting at or below the recommended factory
setting posted on the water heater or in the handbook. Above that setting will substantially raise
the potential for scalding.
All water heaters are mandated by law to be equipped with a temperature and pressure relief
valve (t & p valve) as a safety component to prevent damage from severe pressure (> 150 psi) or
temperature (> 210 degress). If the t & p valve is releasing water you need to call your plumber
Flushing your water heater is a thing that ought to be carried out on a routine basis. The
procedure is as follows:
- Hook a garden hose up to the lower drain valve. Set the garden hose in a location to permit full
discharge of the water through the hose (into a floor drain, bath tub or street). NOTE: THIS
WATER WILL BE SCORCHING AND IS A SCALD HAZARD! THE TEMPERATURE COULD KILL
- Open the drain valve wide open. DO NOT CUT OFF THE INBOUND COLD WATER SUPPLY
TO THE HEATER.
- Run the water out of the hose till the water runs clear (usually just a few seconds).
- Once the water is clear, close the bottom drain valve and remove the garden hose.
How long might my water heater last? The answer is not uncomplicated.
- Water softeners are utilized to minimize hardness in water, they can lessen the life a water
heater by consuming the anode rod rapidly (typically within one year). Whenever the anode rod is
consumed there is no protection system in the water heater to prevent the water from softening
the seam joints. When ever a water softener is put in the water softener will need to be bypassed
annually to allow some lime to buildup to protect the heater and slow down the anode rod
- Thermal expansion can easily create really high pressures and commonly manifest itself by
untimely failure of the water tank or leaking t & p relief valves. Thermal expansion is more often
than not only a concern on a closed plumbing system.
- Under sizing of a water heater makes it to be "on" much more often than an accurately sized
water heater. This can cause parts to fail much quicker than expected.
- Mineral deposits and buildup are destructive and act as an insulator in between the heat source
(burner or elements) and the water, leading to the water heater to work harder to control the
- Missing anode rod as a result of water quality or removal of anode rod.
If you have a question or concern about any one of these issues regarding your water heater, you
should call your plumber.
The guys at Jadon Services are experts when it comes to plumbing repairs and services. visit
their website http://www.jadonservices.com/ to get help you with all your plumbing problems.