Availing hot water during the winters is not a matter of luxury anymore- it is a necessity, especially for those living in areas where temperatures can dip down beyond the freezing point. Installing a hot water heater is the best available option. However, we tend to worry all about it when the winters pass and the summers set in. And then we find it is not working when we need it the most. Here are a few simple tips to help you maintain your hot water heater:
One of the common problems that users face is that water refuses to come out of the heater after it has been left unused for a long time. It is not a technical problem. The answer is that most of the time the water which flows into the heater is polluted with certain particles and impurities- even the cleanest of water has them. Over time, they settle down and start forming layers of sediments inside the heater. When you stop using the heater, the sediments start hardening and block the inlets and the outlets. To prevent this from happening, it is essential to clean the heater at least twice- once while starting the heater, and once when you are shutting off the heater till the next winter. This will keep the sediment formation at bay.
If you source your water from an area that has high levels of impurity, you can also think about shifting to another source. The amount of extra impurities also delays the process of water heating and consumes extra electricity, adding to your electricity bills. The method of maintenance will also depend on the nature of the water heater-whether it runs or gas or electricity. Try to consult your manual from the very beginning to understand the cleaning process.