Water heater maintenance often goes unchecked. But did you know that water heaters that are well maintained actually last longer? The last thing you want is to be caught off guard with a broken water heater! Preventative water heater maintenance is the best way to avoid untimely replacement, which can be costly, not to mention the stress of having your water heater go out. Here are some water heater maintenance tips that can help you prolong the life of your water heater.
#1 Check the TPR Valve
The TPR valve, aka the temperature pressure release valve, helps drain water out of the tank if the pressure gets too high. The TPR valve should be checked at regular intervals as part of your water heater maintenance to make sure it is functioning properly. To check the TPR valve lift the tab to let some water out, then let go. If water continues to flow, it’s time to replace the valve.
#2 Check for Sediment
Sediment, particularly calcium and rust, is the number one killer of water heaters. To prolong the life of your water heater your tank should be checked for sediment buildup on a regular basis. Check the outside of the tank as well as the components. Replace any parts that are damaged by corrosion.
#3 Drain Tank and Refill
As part of an ongoing battle against sediment buildup, part of your water heater maintenance should include draining the tank to flush out any sediment. This should be done at least once a year to prevent sediment buildup inside the tank and prolong the life of your water heater.
#4 Check the Temperature Gauge
Checking the temperature gauge should also be a part of your regular water heater maintenance. For safety purposed the water temperature should be no higher than 120 degrees. Aside from safety reasons, by lowering the temperature on your water heater you can also save money on your utilities. For every 10 degrees, you lower the temperature, you can expect to save 5% in energy costs.
You will get a bigger bang for your buck if you insulate your water heater and pipes. In particularly cold weather your water heater has to work harder to maintain the temperature. You can help it along by ensuring that your water heater is properly insulated as par to your regular water heater maintenance.
Having your water heater serviced by a professional is always going to be the best bet. Regular maintenance by a professional plumber can help prolong the life of your water heater and save you money in the long run. Have your water heater serviced today! Contact Courtesy Plumbing!