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How To Extend The Life Of Your Hot Water Heater

Hot Water Heater

Maintaining an efficiently-run home can be costly. We don’t suggest skimping on the important things to save a few dollars but there are ways to extend the money you’ve already spent on important household fixtures.

Take your hot water heater, for example. Replacing your water heater can be expensive, but it can also be avoided. It’s possible to extend the life of your hot water heater without running into any serious financial implications. The experts at Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric have come together to highlight the best ways to get the most from your hot water heater.

Regular Maintenance

We always recommend regularly scheduled maintenance when it comes to your plumbing. This will ensure that you can pick up any early signs of water leaks, gaps at the joints, or cracks in the body. Leaks are the worst thing for your home because they can lead to further damage by flooding. The leak may not be that serious and may only require tightening of pipes, however, without checking this regularly you won’t pick up on it until it gets so bad it can’t be ignored.

We recommend that you set up a maintenance plan with your plumber in order to track your maintenance.

Maintain Space Around Your Water Heater

The space around your water heater should also not be neglected. Aside from being able to easily access your water heater when needed, you need to allow for space around the tank for good air circulation, to avoid the risk of starting a fire.

Flush The Tank

Sediment will build up over time, especially if you have hard water. Particles then sit at the bottom of the tank. The thicker these sediments get, the harder your water heater has to work to heat-up. This sediment can cause the tank walls to corrode which will eventually lead to leaks. Sediment flushes by draining the water from the tank.

Check The Anode Rod

This part of metal inside your water heater prevents the tank from rusting. It attracts corrosion before it gets a chance to reach the steel in the tank. This becomes an issue once the anode rod has completely eroded and can no longer continue to absorb further corrosion in the tank. The steel begins to rust and causes damage.

You need to check on the anode rod every year in case it needs to be replaced.

Monitor The Pressure Valve

The temperature-pressure relief valve is a safety feature of your water tank. The valve opens if it gets too hot or if there is too much pressure. This prevents damage to the tank and explosions. For this reason, it’s important to ensure that the pressure valve doesn’t malfunction because of sediment build-up or residue that blocks the opening of the valve.

The valve must be checked regularly throughout the year to ensure that the system is functioning optimally.

The short answer to extending the life of your water heater is maintenance. There is a way to stay on top of all these checks. Your water heater maintenance schedule should look like this:

  • Temperature relief valve: test annually
  • Anode rod: checked annually and replaced every 2-5 years
  • Flushing your tank: annually
  • Heater cleaning: annually

Regular water heater maintenance is far cheaper in the long run and it’s a sure way to extend the life of your heating tank. By keeping track of your maintenance schedule, you’ll be ensuring your system is working efficiently while also getting the most out of your purchase, for years to come.

If you haven’t had your water heater checked recently, get in touch with Art Plumbing, AC & Electric in Boca Raton. Schedule a service consultation and have your plumbing checked by the professionals. From there on, you’ll be able to begin reaping the benefits that come from taking proper care of your water heater.