The average tankless water heater has a life expectancy of up to 20 years. However, proper and regular water heater maintenance is essential for your water heater to last this long.
Common water heater maintenance projects you can do on your own include replacing the pressure-relief valve and replacing the heating element of your tank. Not all water heater maintenance projects can be done by yourself, but you may be able to troubleshoot your water heating system to help locate potential problems.
Troubleshooting your water heater
If your water isn’t as hot as you’d like it to be you may have a defective heating element or a defective thermostat. To check for potential problems with your water heater, consider the following.
For an electric water heater
Reset the thermostat on your water heater once you’re sure the power is connected. Flush the water heater. This will help to remove sediment from inside the tank.
Once you’ve flushed the tank, insulate the pipes and replace either the thermostat or heating element. Finish by adjusting the temperature setting on the water heater’s thermostat.
For a gas water heater
Check to be sure the gas is connected to the water heater. Once you’ve determined the gas is connected and that the pilot light is lit, flush the heater and insulate the pipes.
Finally, replace the thermocouple and clean the gas burner. Finish by adjusting the temperature setting on the thermostat.
Other common problems
You can fit a number of small problems that may be impacting your water heating system. To prevent your water supply pipes from leaking, consider tightening or replacing the fitting once you’ve shut off the water.
To stop your water heater from making hissing sounds, drain the tank to reduce the sediment buildup that may have collected there. The tank should be drained until the water is clear. Finally, remove any additional sediment by removing heating elements and soaking them in white vinegar.
If you’re experiencing tankless water heater problems that go beyond simple repairs it may be in your best interest to consult your local water heater contractors. For more information on whether your water heater needs a repair or replacement, contact your water heater repair business today.