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blogMost people don’t think much about their hot water heaters except, of course, when they stop producing. And yet along with your water heater comes certain safety risks that require your knowledge and attention to prevent any problems from erupting. These include gas leaks, fire, and water damage.

The best way to prevent such occurrences is to have your water heater inspected once a year by a licensed plumber. At the same time, there are certain things you can on your own that can lead to early detection and/or problem prevention. Let’s have a look.

OBSERVE. Inspect your water heater once a month and pay particular attention to the following:

  • The combustion chamber in your gas unit should be mostly free of dust, black soot or rust and the flame should be mostly blue.
  • The burner compartment should also be free of rust.
  • If your water heater is making strange noises, such as popping or bubbling, that probably indicates a build-up of mineral deposits inside the storage tank. This should prompt a call to CT Mechanical Solutions so we can inspect your system and, if necessary, drain and refill to remove harmful mineral deposits.

ADJUST. Making a few small adjustments to your water heater could prevent a serious problem from developing:

  • If necessary, reduce the temperature setting to 120 degrees. That will help prevent scalding; and yet your water will remain hot enough to prevent the growth and spreading of bacteria. Follow the instructions for your specific system to adjust the temperature gauge.
  • Place your heater in a drain pan that is about 1-1/2 inches deep and 2 inches wider than the diameter of the tank. This will help prevent collateral damage from water leaks.
  • Remove all clutter, dust and combustible materials from the area surrounding your heater to prevent a potential fire.

PLAN. If it’s been a year or longer since your water heater was last professionally inspected, we invite you to contact CT Mechanical Solutions to schedule service. Ours is a combined performance and safety inspection designed to extend the lifespan of your system while simultaneously looking after the safety of your home and family. We look forward to your call.