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Reading Water Heater Safety: Do's and Don'ts

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You may have already done your research, purchased the water heater that best fits your needs, and had it installed. But now that you have it in your home, you should have some knowledge about using it safely and keeping it around for longer.

There are some things you should and should not do when it comes to your water heater, and we’re here to fill you in.


DO set the hot water temperature below 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
DO flush your hot water heater through the drain valve at least once a year to remove sediment build up (by doing this, you are saving yourself from a early replacement).
DO test the safety relief at least once a year to ensure proper operation (This device protects the heater from over-pressurizing and from exceeding 210 degrees Fahrenheit).
DO keep the area around your hot water heater clean and free of flammable material.
DO set the hot water heater temperature at its lowest setting if you are leaving for a vacation. This will not only reduce the risks of any problems occurring while you are away, but it will also save you money.
DO follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for recommended maintenance schedule (typically once a year).

DON’T set your water heater temperature above 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
DON’T keep combustible material within 18 inches of the hot water heater.
DON’T leave children unattended around a hot water heater.
DON’T allow plaque and sediment to build up in your tank.
DON’T wait too long to call in for repairs, especially if you notice a leak
DON’T make contact with the flue when insulating older units with a fiberglass jacket to improve efficiency

We hope these tips will help keep you and your family safe, and keep your water heater working efficiently for as long as possible. If you have any questions about your water heater, need annual maintenance, or wish to have yours replaced, call Essig Plumbing & Heating today!

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