How to inspect your water heater

With winter quickly approaching, nobody wants to deal with a sudden lack of hot water, especially first thing in the morning, transforming your shower into something more like an ice storm. This is why professional home inspectors often take the time to inspect water heaters. In light of the oncoming chill of the next few months, learning about what features to look for in a water heater that may lead to malfunctions may be a good idea. 

One detail you certainly want to look for is mineral deposits. These are naturally occurring but inorganic substances — typically magnesium and calcium — that can harden inside your water heater, looking like white particles or pieces of paper which can shorten the lifespan of your water heater. A good preventative measure would be to use a little vinegar for cleaning the tank after you've drained it but before you reconnect its water source and electricity. 

Another tactic for protecting your water heater from breaking down involves simply keeping it at a safe temperature, which many experts say rests at about 120° Fahrenheit. An important fact to remember about water heaters is that they aren't designed to keep water at a specific temperature, rather just within a close temperature range.

Checking the relief valve discharge tube for signs of leaking is another way of knowing what condition your heater is in. Furthermore, leaking can be signs of a downhill slide, from corrosion to a water heater that no longer works. Corrosion can lead to serious complications if it is on the tank or any surrounding pipes, possibly leading to an expensive repair or replacement. 

If you live in the Maryland area and need a reliable and professional home inspection company, Alban Inspections  can help! Contact us today to schedule an appointment.