Lompoc Plumbing: How Do I Maintain My Water Heater?

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Your Lompoc plumbing pros are here to share the water heater maintenance tips to protect your home.

Your water heater is an important part of your home running smoothly. It’s what makes hot showers, clean dishes, and fresh laundry all possible! Keep your water heater running at its best (and lasting as long as possible!) with the following tips:

1. Know the temperature

Get in the habit of paying attention to the thermostat on your water heater. A safe setting for your water heater maintenance is 120 degrees F, which prevents tank damage and allows you to save on losses of standby and demand heat. Many manufacturers set the temperature to 140 degrees F by default, which is hotter than most families actually need. In fact, elevated temperatures may even cause scalding and accelerate corrosion and mineral buildup in your home’s pipes.

2. Test the pressure relief valve

We suggest testing the pressure relief valve on your water heater once a season or so. This is a great opportunity to both clear debris and check the pressure. When you raise and lower the test lever, the pressure relief valve should release a burst of hot water into the drainpipe. If it doesn’t let out a burst, call Griffin’s friendly Lompoc plumbers to get a new water heater installed straight away.

3. Drain the tank on a consistent basis

It’s a good idea to flush out about one-quarter of the tank in your water heater a few times a year. Here’s how: turn off the cold water supply, hook up a garden hose to the drain valve, and then run the water until it looks clear. Draining will help clear away sediment and preserve the heating efficiency of the water heater. Intimidated with this process? Not to fear, Griffin is here! Our experienced Lompoc plumbers are prepared to help maintain your water heater all year long.

Water heaters are complex and require regular attention and maintenance. Anytime you face a home plumbing problem (water heater related or otherwise), know that the best Lompoc plumbers are ready to resolve it fast to save you both time and money.

Contact Griffin’s Lompoc plumbing experts today at (805) 934-1949.