Maintaining Your Water Heater


The water heater that is in your home is something that you may take for granted or even forget that it is there. You would notice very quickly if your water heater wasn’t working well though. You would be taking cold showers and washing your hands and dishes in cold water. It can be a big inconvenience when your water heater breaks down which is why maintaining your water heater is imperative.

The last thing you want is to be dealing with is the trouble of dealing with a malfunctioning water heater. There are some routine maintenance items that you can do on your own in order to maintain your hot water heater and then there are some more involved things that you might need to utilize a professional like American Mechanical for.

Draining Your Water Heater

Periodically, about once per year, you will want to either drain your water tank yourself or have a professional do it for you. Sediment and mineral deposits will build up as time goes on and this can have a negative impact on how your water heater works. It can sometimes block the internal components from properly heating the water so you won’t have as hot of water as you would like. Internal components can even rust or break because of these deposits. Keep in mind that draining these tanks can be dangerous. You have hot water inside of the tank whether it is getting to your upstairs faucets or not. Always be very cautious when hooking up hoses and opening valves or leave this job to the pros that know what they are doing.

Checking The Outside Of The Tank

This can be a simple process that you can do on your own. You want to check the tank itself and the exterior components to see if there is any rust present. Anything below the tank or if you notice any type of condensation, take a close look with a flashlight. Signs of issues are most prominent on the outside of your tank. Of course this could mean there is an issue on the inside of your tank that you will want a professional to look into before considering buying a new water heater altogether. 

Routine maintenance is important for some many different aspects of your home and your water heater is just as important as your furnace, duct-work and electrical. If you notice something is amiss with your hot water system like incorrect temperatures, or leaks, now is the time to call American Mechanical.  We work on both gas and electric heaters. 

Call our Virginia Beach water heater professionals today at (757) 347-8549 to handle all of your water heater needs, from installation to repair to maintenance!