The average life of a water heater can be anywhere from eight to 12 years, but what if we told you that you could prolong the life of your system by doing routine maintenance? So read more below to see on how to maintain your water heater.
You rely on your water heater every day for hot showers, fresh laundry and clean dishes, and with proper maintenance it can last for around 15 years or more without needing replacement. Here are some tips you can implement right away to help your water heater last for as long as possible.
Adjust the Temperature
Find the thermostat on your water heater and set it between 115 and 120 degrees. For every 10 degrees you dial it down, you’ll be saving up to 5% in energy costs while also reducing the incidences of scalding when you bathe or wash dishes.
Drain the Tank
Over time sediment and debris can build up inside the tank. Draining it a few times each year will keep the tank and your water cleaner, help it run quieter and extend the life of your hot water heater. Turn off the cold water supply, attach a garden hose to the drain valve and run out into a bucket until the water clears.
Unless stated otherwise in your manual, it’s a good rule of thumb to keep at least two feet of clearance around your water heater. This will help your unit better regulate water temperature and keep it running smoothly over the years.
Fiberglass jackets can be used to insulate older units where insulation isn’t already installed to improve efficiency. Check your owner’s manual to see if your unit is insulated already. When insulating, be careful not to make contact with the flue or you’ll have big problems on your hands. You can also insulate the hot and cold water pipes for added efficiency.
Test the Temperature-Pressure Valve
Once a year you should test the temperature-pressure relief valve for leaks. Discharge the valve a few times and watch for any water escaping the valve. If it’s leaking you should get it replaced immediately.
Check the Sacrificial Anode Rod
Every three years you should check the sacrificial anode rod to see if it needs replaced. Loosen the hex head screw, remove the rod and examine it. The rod will need to be replaced if it’s layered with calcium, the rod is less than ½ inch thick or more than 6 inches of the core steel wire is left exposed.
Consider Your Water Heater A Luxury.
Cleaning a water heater is easy, but repairing and installing this equipment can be a bit tricky, and when it stops working that’s when you give us a call to install or repair your water heater. Call Royal Plumbing at (361) 991-1002 if you engage some water heater issues.
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