We’ve talked about water heaters a few times in this blog, and for good reason. Water heaters are one of those things in every home that gets used every single day but are rarely given a second thought until something goes wrong with them. However, every homeowner can easily reduce the potential for water heater issues.
One thing that can be done is a mini system flush. It’s recommended to have a professional perform a full system flush every year or two, but this can easily be done in the meantime. Simply place a bucket underneath the drain of the water heater tank, and turn the valve. Draining a few gallons will remove some of the sediment from the bottom of the tank.
Another thing that can be done is to test the temperature and pressure relief valve. Just lift it partway and let it snap into place. As long as it does snap into place and you hear a gurgling sound, it’s working well.