How to Maintain Your Electric Water Heater

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Jim Connors from Rheem provides tips on how to maintain a electric water heater.

    Jim Connors: Hi! I'm Jim Connors from Rheem Water Heating. Today, I'll be giving you some tips on how to maintain your electric water heater. Maintaining your water heater helps extend its life, improves energy efficiency and helps ensure its safe operation.

    Electric water heaters require very little regular maintenance. However, in order to get the life and performance you expect from your water heater, you'll need to make some basic inspections. We also have a few other tips to assist you.

    Check the water heater connection at the top of the water heater for signs of corrosion or water leaks. If anything is leaking make the necessary repairs. Always keep the area around your water heater free of flammable liquids, debris or combustible materials.

    A water heater's tank can act as a sediment basin for solids normally suspended in the water. This sediment accumulation can coat the electric heating elements and decrease the energy efficiency and life of your water heater. Consult your owner's manual about ways to eliminate the sediment buildup.

    One of the most effective ways is to periodically drain a few gallons of water from the bottom of the tank; in areas with heavy sediment it maybe necessary to do this every few months.

    First, turn off the water heater's incoming water supply and turn off the electricity. Second, attach a garden hose to the drain valve located at the bottom of the tank. Direct the stream of water to a drain, and remember the water maybe scalding hot, so keep the hose away from children, adults and off the lawn.

    Open the drain valve and release a few gallons of water. Turn off the drain valve, disconnect the hose and open up the incoming water supply valve to refill the water heater.

    Remember to open the bathroom tap as the water heater refills to get any air out off the system. A steady flow of water indicates the tank is full.

    Finally, turn the electricity back on. Perform regularly; this is one of the best ways to maintain a water heater.

    Finally, remember to always consult your product owner's manual prior to getting started and take proper safety precautions when working on or around your water heater. Also consider consulting a plumbing professional before taking on any project.

    I hope these tips for maintaining your electric water heater have helped you.