You may not know it, but your water heater is the most used appliance in your home. Although you don’t necessarily see it everyday, you constantly use it. With constant usage comes wear and damage.
Water heaters repair services are costly. Rather than waiting for your water heater to start showing signs of wear, here are 4 simple tips that will help you prolong its life.
This is the easiest, and most common form of maintenance for a water heater. By performing a flush, this will help control the buildup of mineral deposits in the tank. If you are handy, you can attempt to perform this on your own, but if you are not comfortable with your unit, let a local plumbing professional take control. Here’s how to perform a flush:
Step 1: Locate your breaker or fuse box and power off your electric water heater.
Step 2: Turn off your water supply
Step 3: Connect a garden hose to your tank’s drain valve
Step 4: Place the drain end of the hose in an area that won’t be affected by hot water and open the drain valve, until completely drained
Step 5: Remove the hose and tightly close the drain valve
Step 6: Turn back on your power and water supply and let the tank fill
After this, your water heater will run more efficiently and will extend the life of the unit.
2. Regular Maintenance
To keep your water heater running at its best, it should be properly maintained at least once per year. This can be accomplished through a plumber or by following the steps above. Some other maintenance tips to consider are:
- Cleaning the tank
- Tank inspection
- Repairing leaks
- Adjusting the thermostat, and more
3. Temperature Regulation
This is key to a successful water heater. In order to keep your water staying hot enough for your household demand, you must perform regular temperature regulation.
If you have a gas unit, you should locate your gas valve to ensure that it is set to 120ºF. Because your valve does not have temperature numbers written out, turn your valve ¼ past warm. We have found this is a great temperature for most homes.
For electric tanks, remove the covers for both the top and bottom thermostats. Using a flat tip screwdriver, set the bottom thermostats to 120º. If your home uses more hot water, set the top thermostat to 5-10º higher.
4. Anode Rod
Unfortunately, it is inevitable that your tank will begin to wear. Although we can’t stop it from ageing, we can significantly slow down the process by installing an anode rod inside the tank.
Most water heater tanks are made from steel with a thin glass lining that protects from metal corrosion. Since the lining eventually cracks, we recommend using a long metal anode rod. The anode rod attracts corrosive elements in the water that help keeps the lining from cracking. An anode rod is simply a special metal rod that is placed inside the tank to prolong the life of your unit.
Your water heater is the hardest working appliance in your home. By using these 4 simple tips, you will be able to avoid costly water heater repair and prolong the life of your tank.