Your water heater may not require a lot of attention, but for it to function properly throughout its life, you must drain it regularly. Make sure you include this on your home maintenance task list this spring along with a professional inspection of your central air conditioning unit. Local HVAC contractor M & M Heating & Air Conditioning Service Co. explains its importance below.
Why Drain Your Water Heater?
Long-term use of your water heater causes sediment to build up on the bottom of the tank. You’ll know there’s a clog if the water heater is making strange noises during operation. By regularly draining the water from it, you flush out any accumulated mineral deposits and debris. Otherwise, the unit may have to work harder to heat the water, using more energy and costing more money in the long run. At some point, it may also stop working altogether.
According to heating and air conditioning contractors, the recommended interval for draining your water heater is from six to 12 months. Before you start doing this, however, always prepare for a potential leak, because you may not be able to close the drain valve fully after letting it sit for a long time. The older the unit gets, the less likely the valve will close completely. Consider replacing it with a new one if this is the case. Alternatively, upgrade the unit entirely if it’s already old and inefficient.
Things to Keep in Mind
Learning how to drain a water heater can be extremely useful, and it’s easy as long as you follow the the instructions in the manufacturer’s manual. If you’re not familiar with this, however, call your local plumber if you need assistance.
One of the most important things to keep in mind when draining your water heater is to make slow movements when you open and close the valves because the release of pressure could hurt you if you do it haphazardly. Plus, always be cautious in case the water is too hot. Before you proceed with the draining, let the water inside the tank sit overnight so it can cool down.
Contact M & M Today!
At M & M Heating & Air Conditioning Service Co., we don’t just install and repair heating and AC units. We also install, service and replace
standard and tankless water heaters. Call (209) 952-6580 or fill out our contact form to schedule a service today.