How to Unclog a Heater

How to Unclog a Heater

San Jose Water Heater

Every now and again, you will need to do some maintenance work to your heater, especially when it starts underperforming.

What this means is that the heater itself is either not heating up enough or not at all.

This is usually due to a blockage somewhere along the line or somewhere in the heater itself, and the blockage itself can spell disaster if left unattended.

The reason for this being the fact that the heated water that comes through the pipes and into the heater has quite a bit of pressure behind it.

That, combined with the fact that it is rather superheated as well can spell disaster if so much as a crack appears in one of the pipes.

That being said, of your heater is starting to present problems and under performance, you might want to have a closer look at it, or you could call on your trusty San Jose plumber, if you feel like spending some money.

Start with the pipes

First and foremost, what you will want to do is check and see if the problem or blockage is present in the pipes leading up to the heater.

In order to do that, first of all turn off the flow into those pipes and wait a bit for the system to drain. It will not drain completely, however the little water that will remain in the system will cool off and not cause damage when leaking.

Use a wrench and disconnect the heater form the pipes.

After that is all over and done with, grab a metal snake and run it through the pipes. If you encounter a blockage in one of the pipes, whatever you do, do not try and unclog the pipe with the metal snake.

What you will have to do is take out that section of pipe and replace it with a new one.

This is because of the fact that these blockages are unlike the blockages in drains or septic pipes. They are made out of metal debris and oxidized metal shrapnel that gets peeled off of the inside of the pipes and gets carried around the system.

That being said, if you attempt to remove the blockage with the metal snake, what you will get it metal rubbing on metal and a lot of stress being put on the pipes from the inside.

Check the heater

Next up you will have to check your heater.

This time, however you will have to go about it a bit differently. Grab the metal snake but wrap a piece of soft cloth around the tip to make sure you will not cause internal damage to the heater.

Now what you will have to do is take it nice and easy, checking every heat pipe and every corner of the heater.

If you do happen to find a blockage, you can use different solutions and chemical compounds that you can find at your local San Jose hardware shop.

The idea is to use these chemicals to dissolve the blockage and not force or the snake, in order to make sure that you don’t damage the inside of the heater.

If you are in doubt, or don’t really feel comfortable doing this yourself, you can always call on a San Jose plumber.

In conclusion

This job is not exactly complicated, nor is it tough to pull off, despite the fact that you will have to be very careful most of the time.

Make sure that you have the right tools for the job and that you will take it nice and slow. The last thing you want to do is rush it and ruin it.

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