Want to prolong the life of your water heater, improve the water heater’s efficiency, and potentially lower your water bill? Well you have come to the right blog! There are a few ways you can prolong the life of your water heater. Follow these steps in order to keep your water heater working for years!
What Type of Water Heater Do You Own?
You should know when purchasing a house or a water heater if it is natural gas, electric or propane, or if it’s a storage tank or tankless water heater. Be sure to have the serial or model number written down somewhere. It will tell you the age of the water heater the gallon capacity, and will be easy to find a specific part for your water heater if something breaks. This is all valuable information to know.
Turning Off the Water Heater
If someone asked you to turn off your water heater would you know how to do it? It’s important to know how to turn off the water and the fuel or power supple to the water heater if something happens. This is rather important if you smell gas coming from your water heater. Near the water heater you will find a gas valve or a disconnect switch so you can turn off the gas to the water heater. You should also be aware of the breaker switch that is associated with your water heater in case it has to be turned off. To turn off the water supply most water heaters will contain a shut-off valve that can be found on the cold side piping.
Have a Clear Area Surrounding the Water Heater
If your unit starts to leak and you don’t notice right away it can cause water damage and even water energy because the water heater will have to try to reheat the water more than usual. If you own a gas-fired water heater you need to make sure it has a good supply of oxygen to burn the gas. If the water heater is crowded by items it will not have oxygen to burn. This can cause damage to the burner chamber, waste energy, and can even cause carbon monoxide leaks. It is also important to have a clear area surrounding your water heater because it can cause a fire.
Drain or Flush the Water Heater
At least once a year you should take the time to drain some gallons of water out of the water heater using the drain valve. You can use a 5-gallon bucket or even a garden hose and run it outside or to an area where the hot water will not cause damage to anything.
If you notice sediments or debris in your water then you should perform a flush. A flush is when you lower the temperature of the water and drain the tank completely. Next, turn the water back on while the drain is open to let the water flow so it will remove any sediments or debris. After you do that, you can then fill up the tank and turn set temperature to your desired setting.
Annual Water Heater Inspection
A few times a year consider checking your water heater to make sure it is performing properly. Examine the top of the water heater and look for any leaks or signs of corrosion on the pipes or valves. If you own a gas water heater, analyze the draft hood to make sure there are a few inches of air space between the tank and where it connects to the vent. Check the gas line to make sure there is no damage to the gas line or piping. Check the thermostat to make sure it is set at your desired setting and isn’t malfunctioning. If you own an electric water heater check to make sure there are no rust leaks or residue ear the panels protecting the electrical components on the tank.
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