Rheem hot water heaters are available in a wide variety of sizes and efficiency levels. From 30 gallons to 120 gallons, this brand manufactures units for commercial as well as residential use. They are also available in insulated tank and rust-free varieties. This American brand is renowned for manufacturing high quality products that, if cared, will last for years. If you do not want unexpected breakdowns and unwanted repair expenses, here is how you can make your Rheem hot water heater last longer.

Drain your water heater regularly

Draining is important and should be done at least twice a year. Flushing it out regularly will control the build-up of minerals, thereby maintaining the efficiency of your heater. It also helps prolong the life of your appliance. Draining it out is very easy and can be done without any professional help. Here is a step-by-step guide on flushing your Rheem heater.

To drain the water:

  • Shut down the unit and take out the wires for extra safety.
  • Open the faucet that is nearest to the heater and let the water run until you get cold water.
  • Once the hot water is drained completely, turn off the cold water supply to the heater. Keep the faucet open.
  • There is a drain valve at the bottom of your heater. Locate it and then attach a garden hose to it.
  • Open the relief valve located at the top centre of the heater.
  • Let the water get drained completely and then close the drain valve and the relief valve.
  • Start the supply of cold water and wait until the unit is full.
  • Open all the hot water faucets and drain some cold water from each of them to ensure that there is no air left inside.
  • Now plug in the wire and switch off the heater.


Some routine maintenance tips that you must follow

  • If you are looking for dependable, trouble-free service, get your heater inspected periodically by qualified professionals like us. We will thoroughly inspect the operating unit, heating element, and the wiring to ensure that they are in perfect condition. This better the routine maintenance, the fewer will be the incidents of breakdowns.
  • Water heaters produce some noise but in case you notice hissing sound, call us. Your Rheem hot water heater probably requires cleanup.
  • Inspect the relief valve at least once or twice a year to ensure that it is operating smoothly and is able to release the excessive pressure built inside. Our scheduled maintenance services include the inspection of relief valve.

Shut down the heater when you are going out for vacations

  • Turn off the power and remove the plug as well.
  • If you are planning not to use it for an extended period such as for a month or more, drain the heater completely. Draining is very important if your heater is installed at a place where the water may freeze. If the water freezes, it will expand in the tank, thereby bursting it.
  • Follow the same filling procedure as mentioned above while starting the heater again after an extended period of shut-down.

These maintenance tips are sure to extend the life of your Rheem hot water heater. For more such helpful tips, keep reading our blog. For troubleshooting, contact us at 02 9002 7345.