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Tip: Maintaining Your Hot Water Heater

Tip: Maintaining Your Hot Water Heater

Hot water heaters require ongoing maintenance just like any other household appliance. Possibly even more, because they are working all day, every day to heat water, move it out, and maintain the heat for water stored in the tank.

If you’re constantly experiencing hot water issues, then you’ll need to consider how diligent you are in your regular maintenance. Follow these tips for maintaining your hot water heater so you can stop running out of hot water:

Know the projected life span of hot water heaters: Hot water heaters may simply become less efficient over time. Knowing the estimated life span of your particular unit may help you to determine if it’s necessary to replace your water heater now, or if you can manage to wait a bit longer.

Flush your hot water tank: Due to sediment accumulation, you need to flush your hot water tank every so often to get rid of the buildup, to keep water flowing and room in the tank for hot water only. Flushing the hot water tank requires emptying its contents entirely and getting rid of the sediment. You can do this yourself or contact a professional plumber to do it for you.

Regularly check your thermostat: As part of regular maintenance, be sure to check the hot water heater’s thermostat often. It could be set too low, or it could be malfunctioning — which may cause your water to become cold.

During colder months, and in colder climates, your hot water heater may have to work harder to keep the stored water hot. Wrapping a tank-type unit can prevent the water from losing its heat, and prevent the heating element from being on and using more energy than needed.

If you’re experiencing continual problems with running out of hot water, then learn more about how Acosta Plumbing Solutions can help. Acosta Plumbing Solutions has the professional expertise to help repair or install hot water heaters.

Contact Acosta Plumbing Solutions LLC today and put an end to running out of hot water.

Tip: How to Fix Low Water Pressure

Tip: How to Fix Low Water Pressure

Low water pressure is usually most obvious at your sink faucet. The first thing to check is if the low water pressure is affecting both your hot and cold water. If both the hot and cold water have low pressure, the most likely cause is the aerator. Calcium deposits slowly build up in the faucet aerator and gradually reduce the water pressure. Luckily, a blocked aerator is a very easy thing to fix, even for a novice. Simply remove the aerator (usually by unscrewing), clean out any debris and build up, and replace it. #plumberinkaty #katyplumber #diyplumbing

Tip: Detect and Fix Leaks

It’s estimated that 10% of homes have water leaks, accounting for a trillion gallons of wasted water per year – or 1/6 of the U.S.’s clean water supply. Simple leak detection efforts, like observing your water meter to see if the numbers increase even when there’s no water in use or placing a blue dye tablet in the top of your toilet tank to see if any coloring leaks into the bowl, can easily let you know if you even have a leak before having to call a plumber. #plumberinkaty #katyplumber #diyplumbing

Tip: Here are 3 easy steps to fix a leaky tap!

Tip: Here are 3 easy steps to fix a leaky tap!

Step 1:
When a tap is leaking, it’s usually because the seal is worn out. To replace the seal, turn off the water main first, then open the tap to let any residual water run out.

Step 2:
Next, unscrew the handle. Then unscrew the flange, which is located just underneath the handle, and remove the tap bonnet and spindle, which are underneath the flange.

Step 3:

Check whether the O-ring, the washer or the jumper valve is worn out. If you’re unsure about which parts to replace, take them to the hardware store for advice. Once you’ve replaced the worn parts, reassemble the tap by replacing the spindle, tap bonnet, flange, and handle.