The retired couple was excited at the possibility of getting help replacing their water heater. They admitted the old unit was working, but didn’t seem to think it was providing as much hot water as it once did. With just the two of them, there was not a huge demand for gallons and gallons of hot water like there would be with a large family.
Maintenance tips will recommend the T&P valve should be tested once a year. A discharged pipe should always be attached to the T&P valve that leads to within 3 inches from the floor to prevent someone from getting sprayed by the hot water. To test the valve, lift the lever on the valve to allow water to come out. If water does not come out, you may have a defective T&P valve and it will need to be replaced. If the valve drips after testing it, the valve should be replaced.
This noise can be heard on both Electric and Gas water Heaters. The noise is normally caused by the build up of sediment from hard water in the bottom of gas water heater tanks. The sediment heats up and explodes in the tank. It can happen on any age of water heater from around three years old on up, most of the time it will be more noticeable on older tanks.
In general, your household’s peak-hour demand for hot water should be roughly close to your water heater’s “first-hour rating” (FHR) which is printed on your heater’s Energy Guild label. This tells you how many gallons of hot water a heater can produce during an hour of high usage.
How hard is it to add Water Heater Repair Port Orange Florida insulation? For an electric heater (which most people own), it’s a rather simple process. Nowadays, you can even purchase pre-cut insulation in which to snugly wrap your unit. Look for an insulation value of at least R-8 when searching for the perfect wrap for your heater. Do you know how a down coat can keep you warmer than a much heavier one with synthetic materials? That’s because the “insulation value” of feathers are much higher than the ability of simply weighted material to keep you warm. A similar concept comes into play with insulation. The higher the R-value, the more warmth your tank will retain, and the more savings you will net.
Water temperatures should be kept between 120-130 degrees. That’s plenty hot for showering, laundry and dishes. Higher temperatures can speed up the process of corrosion.
By putting these simple steps into effect, you can greatly extend the life of your water heater and improve its efficiency. By not forgetting about your water heater, you can save yourself hundreds of dollars and a lot of aggravation.