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Water Heaters

The gas-fired water heater installed in your home is designed to give you years of trouble free service if maintained properly. Carefully read and follow the instructions in the manufacturer’s manual. Make sure you understand how your water heater works and its different parts. The guidelines below only include routine maintenance items and should not be a substitute to the manufacturer’s manual.
Safety Tips
• Water temperature over 125°F (52°C) can  cause severe burns instantly resulting in severe injury or death. Test water before bathing or showering.
• Do not operate water heater if you notice soot build up.
• Do not operate water heater if flood damaged.
• Do not obstruct water heater air intake with insulating jacket.
If you smell gas:
• Do no try to light any appliance.
• Do not touch any electrical switch; do not use any phone in your building.
• Immediately call your gas supplier from a neighbor’s phone.
Follow the gas supplier’s instructions. If you cannot reach your gas supplier, call the fire department.Read the manufacturer’s manual thoroughly, make sure you understand and follow all warning labels. Call the manufacturer or a service technician and ask them to clarify anything you are not sure about.
Routine Maintenance
1. Periodically, vacuum around base of waterheater for dust, dirt, and lint.
2. Inspect insulation, if any, on the water heatertank exterior. Make sure it is mounted correctlyand it is not blocking the combustion air inletor the exhaust vent.
3. Every six months open the drain valve at thewater heater tank bottom and drain two or three gallons of water from the heater to remove anysediment that may have accumulated in the tank bottom. Drain more often if you noticethat the drain water contains a high degree of sediment.
4. Every six months do a visual inspection of theair intake screen. Clean any lint accumulations
5. Annually, have a qualified technician inspect the anode rod. Replace if corroded or pitted.
6. Annually, operate the temperature-pressurerelief valve manually. Replace if necessary.
Consult the manufacturer’s manual for troubleshooting guidelines. Follow the manufacturer's guidelines when your water heater is not working properly. Not following these instructions exactly as indicated may result in property damage,personal injury or loss of life.
If a condition persists or you are uncertain about the operation of the water heater contact a licensed technician. If you are unsure what is causing your water heater to fail do not try to fix it yourself, contact a licensed professional.
Always set your water heater to the “normal” setting or 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Insulate the first 5 feet of pipe coming out of the top of your water heater.

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