Preventative Maintenance Tips For A Gas Water Heater

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Having to take cold baths due to a gas water heater malfunctioning can be a frustrating situation to be in. You can actually prevent your water heater from experiencing untimely problems by hiring a plumber to perform preventative maintenance on it. The key is to detect small problems and get them repaired before they turn into larger problems that are more difficult to repair. Your water heater can last for a long time if it is well taken care of throughout the years. Take a look at this article for suggestions in regards to some of the things that should be done when preventative maintenance is performed on your gas water heater.

1. Ensure That the Gas Line is in Good Shape

The gas line to your water heater is the most important part of it. The reason why is because it is the only way that gas can make it into the heater. Without a sufficient supply of gas, the heater can stop heating water up and leave you in a position in which only cold baths can be taken. Get the line inspected every now and then to make sure gas isn't leaking out, especially if you suddenly begin to smell gas around the water heater. It is also a good idea to get the line cleaned out sometimes to prevent it from becoming clogged up with debris.

2. Make Sure the Thermostat Works Properly

It is important for you to get the thermostat to the water heater inspected when preventative maintenance is done. The thermostat must remain in a functional condition so the temperature of the water can be controlled. A broken thermostat can lead to you having to deal with water that is too hot or cold. If there is anything wrong with the thermostat, make sure it gets repaired in a timely manner. A plumber can replace the thermostat if it is necessary.

3. Get the Burner Access Covers Inspected

The burner access covers on a gas water heater plays an important role in the functionality of the pilot. The reason why is because the covers can prevent drafts from making contact with the pilot flame and causing it to go out. Get the covers inspected each time preventative maintenance is performed to make sure they are not loose. The burner access covers should also be inspected to ensure that they are able to be closed all the way.

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