Hot water is a necessary commodity all year long, but it is especially important in the wintertime. The last thing that want to do is drag yourself out of your cozy, warm bed, only to get a shock of cold water when you step into the shower. That just isn’t a good way to start your day! Ensure that you keep your water heater running strong with the help of these maintenance tips from our East St. Louis plumber:

  • Keep an eye on the temperature- When the temperature of your water heater gets turned up too high, it can cause the tank to overheat. Ensure that your water heater is set somewhere in the recommended range, 115-120°F. Not only will keeping your temperature in this range keep your tank from overheating, it will also help to save you energy and prevent excess wear and tear on your hot water heater.
  • Flush out your water heater- You should perform a minor flushing of your water heater around once a year. Sediment can build up in the bottom of your water heater over time, which can cause corrosion and rust. By flushing out your water heater at least once a year, you can get rid of that sediment before it becomes a problem.
  • Inspect the T&P Valve- The T&P (temperature and pressure relief) valve helps to relieve the pressure and excess heat that can buildup in your water heater, and it keeps your water heater running safely. Inspect this valve annually to ensure that it is working properly!

If you don’t feel comfortable performing any of the above task, don’t hesitate to give Culler Plumbing Services a call!