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    Brookhaven Water Heaters Need Regular Maintenance

    Brookhaven water heaters must be maintained. However, the seriousness of the consequences that result from poor maintenance can not be underestimated. Specifically, failure to maintain a water heater adequately can be fatal. Please read on to understand how this can occur and how to avoid putting yourself and your family at risk.

    Why Drain Water Heater Tanks?

    Brookhaven water heaters need to be drained several times a year. For homeowners with a traditional water heater with a huge reservoir tank filled with water, you need to drain the gallons of water out of your water heater a couple of times a year. Plumbers recommend doing this plumbing maintenance task every three months. Whether you decide to drain your classic water heater two, three, or four times a year is less important than making sure you do it. Draining the water out of the tank helps to prevent the accumulation of sediment in the tank. Sediment is the mineral deposits and if left alone will build-up in the bottom of the water heater tank. Over time, sediment will build-up, and when it accumulates it wreaks havoc on the water heater.

    How to Drain a Water Heater

    You should drain all the water out of the tank of your hot water heater at least once every three to six months. Removing all the water out of the tank helps to prevent sediment build-up at the bottom of the tank. This sediment can cause the tank to bang or to heat less efficiently. Drain the sediment from the bottom of your hot water heater twice a year to keep the hot water heater working at best performance levels. When you are ready to drain your water heater tank, simply open the drain valve on the front of the water heater closest to the ground. Open the valve and allow water inside the tank to run out into a bucket or connect a garden hose to let it drain into your yard. Eventually, the water will run clear. When it does close the drain valve.

    Why Do Brookhaven Water Heaters Have Mineral Deposits?

    The mineral deposits inside Brookhaven water heaters come from the process of heating water. This sediment reduces the energy efficiency of all plumbing equipment and dramatically shortens its life. This type of sediment is extremely common in the Atlanta area. In fact, you can find it in traditional tank water heaters in all fifty states and beyond. In most water heaters, minerals form layers of sediment deposits inside the tank. Yes, every time your water heater heats up water for your bath, shower, washing, or cooking more sediment hardens inside your plumbing. Hardened sediment can cause your tank to produce loud banging sounds. This is in addition to forcing your unit to heat less efficiently as the sediment accumulates. Find out if you need to replace your water heater now or later.

    Why Set Water Heaters to 120 Degrees?

    Set the temperature on your hot water heater to a temperature that does not exceed 120 degrees. This temperature setting helps to save energy and prevents water from becoming hot enough to scald anyone in your household. Set older models that do not have a degree-level temperature setting on Medium.

    Why Try Tankless Water Heaters?

    Tankless Brookhaven water heaters appeal to environmentally conscious individuals. Unlike traditional water heaters that rely on a reservoir of heated water that fills in a huge tank, tankless variety of water heaters do not need a massive water reserve. Instead, tankless water heaters only heat water when you demand it. Heating water on demand makes the tankless water heater the choice for energy conservationists and anyone who does not like running out of hot water.

    Why Winterize Plumbing?

    Winterize your plumbing when your residence will sit dormant and unused for an extended period. During the winter, people winterize their plumbing to avoid an unwanted plumbing crisis like a burst pipe. This is important to do. However, protecting your home against plumbing leaks and floods when your home will be vacant is not only important to do in winter. Spring, summer, or fall, take these measures throughout the year to avoid plumbing issues.

    Winterization prepares plumbing in a vacant home for wintry weather, but it can take place at any time of the year. The process involves draining the water from the plumbing system. First, shut off the main water supply. Next, turn on all faucets and tubs and let them drain completely. Drain the toilets, too, and turn off the water under each sink. Drain the water heater. Remember to turn off the gas before you drain it if you have a gas water heater.

    Why Check the Water Heater Pilot Light?

    You may or may not have a pilot light that you need to support. Figure out whether you have a water heater powered by natural gas, electricity, or by the sun using solar power. A significant plumbing-related decision is making the choice of an electric water heater or a gas water heater. Electric water heaters are more cost-effective especially for small tanked water heaters with lower water capacity.

    The pilot is only used in a gas water heater and it is designed to remain lit. Gas water heater owners need to check periodically to be sure the pilot is functional and lit. Look for a bright blue flame with a yellow tip. If you see an all yellow flame call a plumber to be sure your water heater is safe.

    Why Avoid Carbon Monoxide?

    You should periodically check any pilot light for excessive soot buildup. In a gas water heater, excessive soot buildup can be deadly. It can clog the flue allowing CO or carbon monoxide into your home. To say that Carbon Monoxide is dangerous is an understatement. It is a colorless, odorless gas that kills humans in under five minutes in high enough concentrations.

    Why Professional Maintenence?

    Water Heater Maintenance by The Plumbers Guild is vitally important. We make sure your water heater is operating safely. In addition, be sure to install CO detectors in your home. Contact the team of experts at The Plumbers Guild today with any questions or concerns or for water heater repair you can count on.