5 Water Heater Safety Tips You Should Know

5 Water Heater Safety Tips You Should Know 

Water heaters need proper care in order to lasts a long period of time. It’s an important appliance for some households that require hot water all the time. You need to be knowledgeable with safety features of the water heater you’re using in order to maintain the equipment, and most importantly, to protect you and the residence in your home. Here are some water heater safety tips that you should know.

1.Temperature Pressure Relief (TPR) Valve Should be Operational

For those who are not familiar with the temperature pressure relief valve, here’s a brief description: the valve is an integral feature of a water heater as it instantaneously opens in the event the water heater undergoes extremely high temperature or massive pressure. It basically releases water and pressure if the water heater is beyond its limit. If the TPR valve doesn’t function or is just broken, the water heater can become a liability to your house and safety. There is a chance that the water heater might explode if it’s unable to sustain the temperature and water pressure.

It’s advisable to have a yearly inspection not only with the TPR valve but the whole system of the water heater as well. Also, there are homeowners who release the TPR valve to prevent leaks from happening; this is not a good idea as it can cause the valve to be broken or dysfunctional. TPR valves usually last for three years, and manufacturers advise to replace it after the designated period of time even if it’s still working or doesn’t look damaged.

 

2.Good Ventilation

Don’t just focus on the water heating system, but also the ventilation. Without proper ventilation, carbon monoxide and other dangerous vapours will remain in the room. These gases can cause poisoning or even minor explosions. Here are some key pointers in having a proper ventilation system for your water heater: vent should have the exact diameter with the draft diverter of the tank, vent airways structure mustn’t descend and should go up and out the room, and lastly, single wall vents must be screwed three times in each of its section.

 

3.Earthquake Security

Even if you don’t live in an earthquake prone area, it’s still recommended to put straps on the water heater, especially if it’s fuelled by natural gas. This is to prevent the water heater from falling and damaging gas lines, which can lead to explosions. You can purchase some earthquake straps to secure the heating equipment.

 

4.Automatic Shut Off Valve for Gas

Another safety tip for those who are using gas water heaters; you can set-up an automatic shut off valve. This is a handy device since it can close gas flow if ever there is a strong ground movement or the gas flow inflates exponentially. It may be expensive but it’s very useful as a safety feature for your water heater.

 

5.Temperature Control

Going over 120°F is not safe for both you and your water heater. It may cause burns if you’re using a hot shower and can overheat the tank. The safest temperature is around 115°F-120°F, so always keep that in mind when you’re setting the temperature.

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