American Home Shield

American Home Shield

April 04, 2012 06:00 ET

Water Heater Maintenance Tips

MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE--(Marketwire - April 3, 2012) - When you own a home, your main focus should be enjoying it; not maintaining it. At American Home Shield, we want you to worry less and live more - especially when it comes to your home system components and appliances. That's why we want to share some quick and effective home maintenance tips that can often make a big difference in keeping your systems and appliances running optimally.

Water heaters provide some of the most common problems for homeowners. So, we've compiled a few valuable water heater upkeep tips to help you keep the appliance in good shape, so that you don't have to spend a great deal of time worrying about maintaining it. If you have a traditional tank water heater, having a water heater maintenance plan is the key to preventing and treating any malfunctions that may occur.

Firstly, you should drain and flush the tank twice a year, or as often as your manufacturer's recommendations suggest. This prevents sediment build up, which can affect the water heater's performance and storage, as well as cause it to overheat. Secondly, you will need to check the water heater's pressure-relief valve once a year to make sure that this crucial safety device isn't clogged. These are two valuable solutions, ensuring optimal water heater upkeep.

A common problem that occurs with water heaters, even with an effective water heater maintenance plan, is a lack of hot water. However, there is a simple fix to this solution. First, check the water heater's pilot light to see if it has gone out. If so, carefully relight it. Then, check that the gas controls are completely turned on. Finally, ensure that the water heater is firmly connected to the gas control unit and is positioned near the pilot flame.

If you still don't have hot water, check the heater's thermocouple and replace it if it's not working correctly. You can also try pushing the water heater's reset button, and test the heating thermostat and elements. If the water still isn't heating, call a qualified professional for help.

Blown fuses can also result in a water heater's refusal to work. So, be sure to check your fuse box and circuit breakers to make sure that the power source hasn't been disrupted. If your water heater repeatedly blows fuses, it's time to call a qualified electrician. They can provide the assistance necessary to ensure that your water heater's power source remains functional.

Another issue that can arise is when a water heater cannot provide enough hot water to meet your household's needs. If this occurs, turn up the water heater's thermostat. You can also insulate the hot water pipes to help retain heat. In some cases, you may need to enlist in the help of a qualified professional, who will install a water heater with a larger capacity.

The cost of a professional electrician or the replacement of a water heater can be quite steep, and American Home Shield can help buffer the expense. With our water heater warranty, we help you avoid the exorbitant costs of home repair services.

Our contractors are screened and evaluated regularly so that you receiving the highest-quality care for your home's systems and appliances. American Home Shield has 40 years' experience and our Home Buyers Warranty ensures that you can worry less about maintaining your home's systems and appliances and spend more time enjoying it.

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