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How to Maintain Water Heater

A water heater will work for 10-12 years only if it is maintained properly. A little preventive maintenance will extend the lifespan of your water heater as well as produces the hot water flawlessly.

If you regularly maintain the water heater then you need a help of a professional to do the job for you. It's easy to do with just a screwdriver and a bucket. Before starting to clean, ensure that the power is in the off state.

Tips for Maintaining a Water Heater

Adjust the Thermostat to 120 Degrees

By adjusting the thermostat to 120 degrees you'll save up to 5% in energy costs when you reduce the temperature to 10 degrees lower every time. It also minimizes the risk of scalding.

Drain about a Quarter of the Tank

This will help in removing sediments and debris. Just stop the cold water supply, then drain the valve using any garden hoses, and wait until the water is clear. If the water is cloudy, then open the valve even bigger and drain to stir up the remaining sediment, and drain the tank again. This method will be responsible for quiet operation.

Test the Temperature-Pressure Relief Valve

If not regularly, check the temperature-pressure relief valve atleast once a year. With a clear inspection, you can find out even the minor leaks from the valve.

Insulate Older Units

To improve the efficiency of a water heater insulate the older units with a fiberglass jacket. Avoid contact with the flue. Also, insulate the hot and cold water pipes.

Adjust the Thermostat

Adjust the thermostat on gas heaters to “vacation” mode, which will help to maintain the pilot light without heating the water.

Quick & Easy Tips

  • Flush your water heater every six months or so.
  • If you leave the town then just change your water heater to a vacation setting.
  • Drain your tank and remove sediment for improving efficiency.
  • Check your anode rod regularly, as it's an important part of the water heater.
  • If the leaks are caused by a loose drain valve, tighten with a wrench until snug.
  • Turn the thermostat to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Both electric and gas water heaters can be maintained in the same methods. It should be flushed regularly to prevent rust and corrosion.
  • If your unit is older, insulate its pipes and the heater.

Wrap Up

A water heater is being used in everyone's day-to-day life, so it's good to keep up with water heater maintenance. Check the above tips and ensure your water heater is taken care of and remains in good working order.