A Small Water Heater Maintenance Guide

You want to educate yourself on the appliances and systems throughout your home, so you know how to get the most out of them, you are able to maintain them correctly, you know when it is time to call someone for professional help and you know how to spot the signs of major issues or the need for full replacement. One of the appliances in your home that you want to learn as much as you can about is the hot water heater.

Make sure laws are met

Depending on the state you live in, there may be very specific laws regarding how your water heater should be put in. For example, in states where there is a higher risk of earthquakes, it may be the law for the water heater to be correctly strapped to the wall. Also, each state can have its own regulations with regards to how high a water heater should be off the ground and even whether or not it should be self-contained in its own closet area.

If you find that your water heater currently doesn't meet those standards for the area that you live in, then you want to make sure that the violations are taken care of. Not only do you want to make sure your water heater is in the correct position from a legal standpoint, but you also want to know that it has been put in in the safest manner possible.

Make sure you have sediment drained

If you have started to hear a grumbling noise coming from your water heater, then you are going to want to have someone come out to drain the water heater to get that sediment out of the bottom of it. Then, it will be filled back up. This should take care of the sound which may be bugging you, but it will also help you to prevent future repair issues that could have been avoided, and it will make sure that the water heater is working as efficiently as possible.

Make sure the pilot light is turned on

If you suddenly have no hot water, then make sure you have propane, if the water heater runs off propane. If you do, then you want to make sure the pilot light is still lit. Generally, you can relight the pilot light by holding down the pilot light button while pushing the ignition button. You should hear the pilot light go back on when it does. If this doesn't correct the issue, then you should call someone out to investigate and fix any problems.

For more information, contact a company like First Class Plumbing of Florida Inc.