Gas Water Heater Maintenance Tips and Tricks

» Posted by on Jun 6, 2019 in Heater Maintenance | 0 comments

If you own a gas water heater, then you should know of the ways that you can do to maintain its good working condition. All types of water heaters need maintenance so that it functions for a long time. But more importantly, doing so is entirely for your own safety.

Gas Water Heater Maintenance

To start with proper gas water heater maintenance, you have to check where the device’s pressure relief valve is. This is a safety device that is found in both electric and gas water heater. The valve opens if the tank is getting over pressurized to release some of the pressure. If it fails to do this, then the too much pressure inside the tank can cause it to explode.

How to Check the Pressure Valve

To check pressure valve, make sure that you turn off the gas switch or put it in the pilot. Then, you have to shut off the pipe that supplies cold water into the tank. Now you’re ready to release the pressure. But before you do that, be sure to put a bucket under the valve. The bucket is designed to catch the water that will be released once you lift the valve.

To lift the valve, simply pull the trip the lever. When you do that, you’ll hear a rush of air. You should also see vapour and water exiting through the valve. In case you don’t see these things, you have to drain all the tank’s content and find a replacement for the valve.

Tips for Flushing the Tank

Flushing the tank is an important gas water heater maintenance process that every owner should do. Do note that sediment may build up inside the tank and that is the reason for your water heater’s reduced energy efficiency. Worse, they are also the reasons why your water lines get clogged. To flush the tank, you should first make sure that the gas switch is off or on a pilot.

Next, shut off the coldwater supply to the tank. Find a suitable garden hose and connect it to the drain valve of the tank. Find a good drain for the other end of the hose where you can dispose of the hot water from the tank. Be sure that the drain can withstand the effect of the very hot water coming out of the hose.

Draining the Tank

Once the hose is all set up, lift open the pressure relief valve, followed by the drain valve. Wait until the tank has drained all its contents completely. By doing so, you’re sure that all sediments inside the tank are removed.

After the entire content of the tank has been drained, it’s time to close the drain valve, disconnect the hose, and close the pressure relief valve. Open the hot water stoppers and inlet that allows cold water into the tank. As the water starts to flow into the tank, close the hot water stoppers one by one. Once when all the stoppers are closed, you can turn on the gas switch.

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