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How to Maintain Your Water Heaters and Keep It Functional for a Long Time


Do you own a and want it to perform its best for several years without breaking down? You’ll have to perform some maintenance routines on the appliance to keep it performing at its best. And if you live in Vallejo, CA and Martinez, CA, you can get professional help for this.

Maintaining electric water heaters contributes to its long life as well as top-rate performance for a long time. You enjoy your appliance better at optimal performance when you take the steps outlined in this article.

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Water heater in kitchen

The Complete Electric Water Heater Maintenance Checklist

1. Empty the water tank

First, it is necessary to turn off the power and close the cold water inlet valve for your safety. Then, place a balloon under the tank before activating the drain valve to evacuate the water.

2. Remove the thermostat

To access the electrical box, unscrew the bottom cover of the water heater. Next, disconnect the ground wire located under the inspection door of the device. Pull the thermostat down. The probe tube will then come out of its sheath.

3. Open the water tank

Use a socket wrench to loosen and remove the screws from the inspection hatch of the device.

4. Clean the water heater

Put on a pair of gloves to protect yourself. Remove the limestone in the tank. Pass a cloth over the walls to clean them properly and remove dirt. Check the condition of the gasket. If necessary, it will have to be replaced. The same is true for resistance. Clean it if it is in good condition, if not, replace it.

5. Raise the tank

If you replaced the resistor, attach it to the inspection hatch. Place the fixing holes in line with the nuts. Tighten the screws by hand to hold the hatch, before tightening them with the socket wrench. Reassemble the thermostat and reconnect the ground wire before screwing the cover back on. Finally, turn the power back on, let the tub refill, and re-open the cold water supply. Don’t forget to check that the drain valve is properly closed.

Get a Professional to Help With

Often presented as accessible to experienced do-it-yourselfers, the maintenance operations of an electric water heater require certain skills and specific know-how. To avoid the risks of poor maintenance and/or the consequences of a breach of safety rules, it is best to entrust the maintenance of your water heater to a professional.

In the case of the maintenance of a gas water heater, the use of a professional is also mandatory to have an annual maintenance certificate.

And we’re here to help with that. We provide water heater maintenance services in Benicia, CA. Now our services are also available near you at Vallejo, CA and Martinez, CA.