Owning a property involves many hands-on type tasks, both on the inside and outside of your home or business. One of the ways to care for and extend the useful life of the components of your property is through regular maintenance.
Or really, Preventative Maintenance. (PM for short) By performing a little PM once or twice a year, you can and will save money over the short and long term expenses which you will inevitably incur.
Here we will address the many components and items needing attention on the interior and exterior of your property and provide you easy to understand ways to maintain or repair these items.
Spring has finally arrived, so it’s time to give your property the “once over” This topic is going to focus on the hot water heater, one of many mechanical components that support the operation and comfort of your property.
To maintain the peak efficiency of your water heater and ensure the best water quality for you and your family, it’s best to flush the hot water tank once a year. Sediment, from minerals, dirt and rust forms in the bottom of the water heater. This can affect the operating efficiency of your water heater.
There are two main types of tank style water heaters, gas-fired (natural or propane) and electric powered. This how-to addresses both types.
If the hot water heater is electric, turn off the electricity powering the heater. You will need to turn off the breaker or remove the fuse in the electrical panel. Turning the power off to the heater is crucial to ensure the heating element does not turn on once the heater is drained. This could cause the element to burn out and require replacement of the element and even the entire water heater.
If the water heater is a gas-fired, mark the current temperature setting on the temperature dial and then turn the gas dial to the lowest setting or the pilot/away/vacation setting. On some older models you may have to shut the gas valve off and re-light the pilot after completing the task.
By following these simple steps and then watching this 3 minute video, you will be able to successfully flush your hot water heater.
Or if would like to read a step-by-step text version, read here.