How to Ensure Water Heater Safety.

When your water heater comes to mind, it usually is about the amount of hot water it generates: just right, or not enough. But you also should be on the lookout for signs that might indicate a water heater safety issue for the sake of your entire family. 

Let’s have a look at what they are. 

Turn it Down!

Start by lowering the water heater temperature to 120 degrees. Some are initially set at 140 degrees which could cause scalding.  Just remember to check the instructions for your make and model before adjusting the temperature control. 

Check it Out!

Examine your water heater periodically. Check for water leaks which, among other things, can lead to the mold growth and spreading.  Next, check inside the combustion chamber where the flame should be burning mostly blue. Next, keep in an eye on the burner. If rust is collecting in the burner compartment, it needs to be serviced by a professional. 

Clean it Up!

Brooms, paint brushes and other items that commonly get stored in a utility closet can catch fire if placed too close to the combustion chamber or water heater. 

Be on the Alert for Gas Leaks!

If you should smell gas in your home, here’s what to do: 

  • Don’t turn on a light switch or touch anything that might cause a static spark.
  • Leave your house immediately, leaving at least some windows and doors open.
  • Call your gas supplier from a safe location.
  • Turn off the main shut-off valve at the gas meter.

For even greater protection, we recommend an annual water heater performance and safety inspection by one of our well-qualified plumbers. Connor maintains and repairs all makes and models of water heaters, including yours. So, for the best in water heater performance and added personal safety, contact Connor Plumbing today.

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