5 Tips for Water Heater Safety

damaged water heaterWater heaters are popular equipment used in various households. It can provide warm baths, hot water for laundry specifications, and so much more. There is a wide range of types of water heaters that can cater to your house needs and those that can easily fit in your budget. This equipment is indeed useful but just like any other machinery, it can be damaged and cause harm if not take care of. Keep you and your family safe with these water heater safety tips as well as some guidelines on how to make it maximise its operation.

1. Equipment Safety

Before you even start using your water heater, please check the instructions and troubleshooting tips provided by the manufacturer. This is to help you understand the necessary precautions and function of the unit you’re using. Familiarise it well so that whenever trouble arises with the water heater, you will know what to do.

2. Insulation

When adding insulation blankets and pipe wraps, make sure you’re using those that are certified for water heaters. The approved blankets and wraps may depend on what type of water heater tank you have like gas, standard, tankless, etc. When using the gas types, make sure the straps you’re using are the ones the manufacturer supplies–don’t ever use tape or unapproved straps.

3. Fully Operational Temperature and Pressure Relief Valves

Saying that the temperature and pressure relief valves (T&P Valve) is an integral part of a water heater is an understatement. This valve automatically discharges water if ever the temperature or water pressure is too much for the tank to handle. Without these safety controls, the tank will easily be destroyed since it will be performing above its capacity. If you ever faced a problem with a tank leak, don’t ever unplug the T&P valve.

If you noticed that the valve emits a lot of water, it could be that there is a thermal expansion that constantly triggers the valve’s function. Also, in case of tank leaks, contact the manufacturer or a HVAC contractor to fix it. A regular maintenance check from the HVAC contractor can help detect early problems with the valve as well as the whole heating system.

4. Set the Tank Temperature Properly

Generally, 50 °C (122 °F) is the safest temperature setting for your water heater. The manufacturer can provide some optimal specifications for the tank. Setting the right temperature is incredibly important: having a high temperature can damage the tank and can cause burns to your skin if your bathing, and setting it too low can allow dangerous pathogens to thrive in the water and cause infections, especially legionnaires’ disease.

5. Purchase a New One

If you’re still using a water heater that’s old or severely damaged just to save money from buying a new one, then you’re giving yourself a great disservice and harm. A faulty water heater requires a lot of repairs and can even endanger you because of its broken mechanism. Simply purchase a new and modern version.