Water Heater Repair

As homeowners and business owners, there are so many parts of the premises that we almost completely take for granted — until those items stop working.

One such item is the water heater, which we seldom think about or notice until there is a large (and often EXPENSIVE) problem!

While we absolutely would love to help you in the process of replacing your water heater with a newer and more efficient model, we also are well-equipped to help you with even the most minor water heater repair tasks.

Before making the step to replacing or even making serious water heater repairs, let’s talk about the things you can do yourself to maintain and take care of your water heater.

 

 

Water Heater Maintenance Tips

You should regularly check the pressure valve of your water heater. You can do that by following these steps:

(Note: Always wear gloves, goggles and other protective clothing while maintaining and working on your water heater.)

1) Turn the power off to your water heater or turn off the gas so that the pilot light goes out completely. Also, be certain to completely turn off the cold water line to the water heater.

2) Place a bucket to retain the water from the pressure relief valve. Next, find the “trip lever” on the valve, and pull it. At this point, you will likely hear a slight rush of air or see some water and condensation disperse through the pressure relief valve. If this does not occur, drain the tank and replace the valve.

3) To replace the pressure valve, remove the discharge pipe and unscrew the pressure valve from your water heater. Take note of the stem length and be sure to purchase a replacement that is the exact, same size. Tighten the new valve in place, securing it with a wrench. Reattach the discharge pipe, turn on the water and either reconnect the electricity or restart the pilot light according to the instructions from the manufacturer of your water heater.

You should also routinely flush the tank of your water heater. You can do so by following these steps:

1) Turn the power off to your water heater or turn off the gas so that the pilot light goes out completely. Also, be certain to completely turn off the cold water line to the water heater.

2) Connect a hose to your tank’s drain valve. Find the releasing end of the hose, but do so very cautiously, as the water that exits may be of scalding heat.

3) With the pressure relief valve open, open the drain valve and and completely drain the tank. Completely draining the tank ensures that all of the dirt and sediment has been successfully removed.

4) Turn off the tank drain valve, detach the hose from the valve and turn off the pressure relief valve. Turn on all the hot-water sources in the house, and then turn on the cold-water intake to the water heater tank.

5) Turn off all hot-water sources as water begins to flow. After all the sources are turned off, return power to the water heater, or turn the gas back on if you have a gas-powered water heater.

 

We Are Your Water Heater Repair Professionals

Water heater repair is one of our areas of specialty at Miller’s. We are the leading provider of plumbing expertise in Gloucester and Mathews, Virginia, and we would love to show you why our customers keep coming back to us after all these years to help them with all their plumbing needs!

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