Your Guide to Water Heater Maintenance and Repairs

Have you ever turned the shower faucet, anticipating hot water, only to be met with a lukewarm letdown? No worries; your water heater just needs a bit of attention. Continue reading our guide to water heater maintenance – no technical expertise required.

Your Guide to Water Heater Maintenance and Repairs

Understanding Your Heater

Before we begin, acquaint yourself with your water heater. Do you have a tankless unit or do you have a traditional tank-style water heater? Knowing your heater type is key.

Routine Maintenance Techniques

  • Tank Drainage: Over time, sediment can build up in your tank, forcing it to work harder to heat up your water. Evict that sediment by draining a few gallons from your tank annually. 
  • Pressure Relief Valve Inspection: The pressure relief valve maintains equilibrium inside your water heater tank. Conduct an annual test by lifting the valve’s lever. If it sticks, behaves erratically, or leaks, consider a replacement.
  • Leak Vigilance: Regularly inspect for leaks or around your tank and connections. Even a minor leak can escalate into significant water damage if left unchecked. 
  • Anode Rod Check: The unsung hero combating tank corrosion is a device called the “anode rod”. Examine it yearly – if more than six inches of the core is visible, it’s time to call a professional for a new one.

Addressing Minor Issues

  • No Hot Water: If your water heater isn’t producing hot water, check the thermostat settings. If the issue persists, a faulty heating element or a sediment-clogged tank may be the culprit. Try draining some water from your tank to reduce buildup. If that doesn’t work don’t hesitate to contact your trusted plumber.
  • Strange Noises: Popping or rumbling sounds can indicate sediment buildup. Flushing the tank should resolve this issue.
  • Water Odor: Foul-smelling water is often caused by bacteria reacting with sediment. Flushing the tank and cleaning the anode rod can help eliminate odors.

Enlisting Professional Aid

If you’ve tried the minor fixes explained above and still experience leaks, frequent cold-water issues, and persistent loud noises or smells, don’t hesitate to contact a trusted local professional like EPS Hawaii. Dial (808) 691-9309 Oahu, (808) 400-8811 Hawaii Island. Our team will keep your showers warm and your water heater performing at its best.

Maintaining your water heater is less about rocket science and more about consistency. Follow these guidelines, and your water heater will undoubtedly become your home’s unsung hero. Should you seek assistance or desire a touch of royal treatment, reach out to EPS Hawaii by calling (808) 691-9309 Oahu, (808) 400-8811 Hawaii Island. Steaming showers and content water heaters await!


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