How to Maintain Your Water Heater

Summary

– Maintenance of electric water heaters: no special obligation

– Gas water heater maintenance: mandatory every year

– Solar water heating: a spring maintenance

Keeping your water heater in good working order is the assurance of a good use of your appliance and savings on your energy bill.

A water heater requires little maintenance, but it is important to know how to drain and descale the water heater.

A breakdown does not always require the intervention of a plumber or heating engineer. You can do it yourself:

– clean and change the thermocouple,

– replace a water heater heater heater resistor,

– change the water heater anode and the safety group.

Maintenance electric water heater: no special obligation

Annual maintenance by a heating engineer is not mandatory for an electric water heater.

Before doing any work on your electric water heater, turn it off:

– the water shut-off valve,

– the gas valve,

– electricity.

You do not need to sign a maintenance contract or have your electric water heater serviced annually.

Here’s how to maintain your electric water heater:

Once a year:

– Check the anode and change it if necessary.

– Check the resistance and change it if necessary (submerged resistance).

– If you change the resistor/anode, descale the tank if necessary.

– Activate the automatic switch-off function once a month.

– Empty the system every 2 to 3 years.

– Change the automatic switch-off every 5 years.

Maintenance of gas water heaters: mandatory every year

Annual maintenance by a heating engineer is mandatory for a gas water heater.

Before doing any work on your gas water heater, turn off:

– the water shut-off valve,

– the gas valve,

– electricity.

For a gas water heater, it is necessary to take out a maintenance contract or have an annual visit by a heating engineer/plumber.

The visit is compulsory whether you are the owner or tenant of your dwelling.

Here is how to maintain your gas water heater:

Once a year:

– Clean the injector by blowing into it.

– Clean the pilot light and its filter.

– Replace the water inlet valve and gasket.

– Clean the fins of the heater with a soft wire brush.

– The burner nozzles are cleaned with water.

– Descale the heater.

Solar water heater: maintenance in spring

For the solar water heater, a maintenance visit is recommended approximately every 4 to 5 years.

Once a year, in the spring, clean your solar collectors with water.

Also check:

– that the vegetation does not interfere with your installation,

– the pressure of the heat transfer fluid,

– the proper functioning of the pumps,

– the good condition of the hydraulic system insulation.

If you wish to find a professional to install your water heater, you can contact CONTACT PLUMBING & GAS in your area. They will draw up a specific quote for your request.

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How to Maintain Your Water Heater

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