A water heater is like a Jack-in-the-Box. We just never know when an EMERGENCY will pop up. We know you don’t like the word, EMERGENCY, but don’t fear, we deal with emergencies all the time. Also, we will provide a few helpful suggestions here to minimize damage, should your water heater begin to leak.
Let’s start with the operation of a water heater. On the cold inlet side of your water heater, you will usually find a water shut-off valve that will either be a round handle or a straight handle valve. It is a great idea to identify this valve before an EMERGENCY, like a water heater leak arises. If this happens, turn the round handle valve in the off position. For the straight handle valve make a ¼ turn towards the right. These actions will help eliminate unnecessary water damage to your property. Remember that saying. ‘Lefty Loosey, Righty Tighty?’ Generally, turning valves to the right, turns the system to the off position.
There is also hot outlet component on your water heater. This allows you to enjoy the luxuries of taking a bath or shower, washing your hands to help eliminate germs and bacteria, and utilizing your dishwasher and washing machine.
The thermostat on the water heater tank ignites burners when you call for hot water (by turning on your hot water faucet). The main burners also ignite when the water temperature goes below the pre-set temperature on the water heater control thermostat. It is generally recommended the water temperature to be set at 120 degrees.
A major component on any water heating device is the temperature and pressure relief valve. If the valve is operating properly, it will relieve internal pressure. For example, if the water temperature builds up to 210degrees and the water pressure to 150 lbs., the valve should open to a pre-set position to prevent damage from occurring.
The exhaust is generally located on the top of the water heater. It helps to properly vent the parts of combustion to the outside air, so you are not affected by unnecessary by-products during the heating cycle. It is recommended to do a visual inspection from time to time to make sure that the piping is properly connected for everyone safety.
In summary, this visual inspection of your exhaust connection and knowing where the cold inlet valve is located will help you to be prepared for water heater EMERGENCIES. For more information about the operation and safety features of your water heater, call G.W. Wagner Plumbing and Heating at 401-273-8800. It is better to know us and not need us, than to need us and not know us.
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