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Gas Hot Water System Maintenance

Gas Hot Water System Maintenance Checklist

As winter draws near, the warmth of a hot shower turns from a luxury to a need. A gas hot water system becomes an essential appliance as it does all the heavy lifting to keep your home and shower warm and cosy. However, just like any other device, it needs routine maintenance to run effectively and safely. For your convenience, ABA Plumbing & Gas has created a thorough maintenance checklist to assist you in making sure your gas hot water system is ready for the cold months. If you need any maintenance or repairs done, then call us today, and we can make sure your hot water system is in top condition in no time.

Why Regular Maintenance Matters

Regular maintenance of your gas hot water system is highly recommended as it can prevent unexpected breakdowns, extend the lifespan of your unit, and ensure energy efficiency—giving you steady hot water day after day. It’s about more than just comfort – regular maintenance of your hot water system is about safety and cost-effectiveness.

Gas Hot Water System Maintenance Checklist

  1. Visual Inspection
  • Check for Leaks: Look for any indications of leaks in the unit and the pipes that surround it. Over time, even little leaks might cause more significant issues.
  • Check for Corrosion: Inspect the connections and tank for any indications of corrosion or rust, since they may point to a problem that requires expert care.
  • Examine the Flue: To ensure that exhaust gases are properly vented, make sure the flue is unobstructed and unbroken.
  1. Test the Temperature Pressure Relief (TPR) Valve
    • In the event that the tank overheats or pressure builds up, the valve releases pressure. Raise the handle of the valve and allow it to snap back. As some water is discharged into the drain tube by the valve, you should hear a gurgling. It needs to be replaced if it doesn’t.
  2. Check the Anode Rod
    • Prevent Corrosion: The anode rod is designed to attract corrosive elements in the water, preventing them from rusting the tank. It should be replaced if the rod is less than half an inch thick or coated with calcium.
  3. Inspect the Burner and Pilot Light
    • Clean the Burner: Dust and debris can accumulate on the burner, reducing efficiency. Turn off the gas and use a brush to clean the burner area.
    • Pilot Light Functionality: Ensure the pilot light burns blue, indicating efficient burning. A yellow or orange flame suggests the need for cleaning or adjustment.
  4. Drain the Tank
    • Flush Out Sediment: Sediment buildup can decrease efficiency and damage the tank. Drain a few gallons from the tank to remove sediment. For a thorough clean, consider a complete flush.
  5. Check Gas Connections
    • Ensure Safety: Check for leaks or evidence of wear on the gas connections and lines. Use a soap and water combination to check for bubbles around connections, which might be signs of a leak.
  6. Thermostat Check
    • Optimal Temperature: Set the thermostat to around 50-60 degrees Celsius. This temperature is safe, prevents scalding, and ensures efficient energy use.
  7. Inspect the Ventilation System
    • Clear Ventilation: Ensure that the ventilation system is free from obstructions and is venting properly as blocked vents can cause dangerous carbon monoxide buildup.
  8. Check for Strange Noises
    • Listen for Issues: Popping or rumbling noises can indicate sediment buildup or other issues within the tank. If you hear unusual sounds, it’s time to call a professional for a thorough cleaning.
  9. Professional Inspection
    • Expert Assessment: Have a thorough inspection done by an expert from ABA Plumbing & Gas at least once a year. Our professionals are able to recognise such problems and address them before they worsen.

Adelaide Hot Water Plumber 24×7 – We Are Always Around the Corner!

Here at ABA Plumbing & Gas, we’re proud to have the opportunity to provide our customers with 24×7 hot water plumbing services you need to have a comfortable and smoothly functioning home. With a crew of seasoned professionals, we know how to get the job done efficiently and on time every time. If you ever have any Adelaide hot water system questions or concerns or need a gas hot water repair, replacement, or installation, don’t hesitate to get in touch with ABA Plumbing & Gas by calling our plumbing helpline or filling out our online service request form. If you’re having any issues with your hot water system, do not delay any further. Get in touch today.

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