Prolong the Life of Your Water Heater with These Easy TipsApril 11, 2018 10:00 am
The water heater is one of those appliances that is being used on a daily basis. That’s why it’s very important to perform regular maintenance to prolong its life. By doing so, you’ll be able to avoid unnecessary costs often related to having your water heater repaired, or having to replace the whole unit. That said, allow us to discuss how to extend the life of your water heater.
1. Make Sure That the Pressure Valve Is Free From Residue or Sediments
Water heaters are equipped with a safety feature known as the pressure valve. When heat builds up or there’s too much pressure, the valve automatically opens up to prevent damaging the unit or dangerous explosions.
Often times, a malfunctioning valve is the result of sediment buildup as it blocks the valve’s opening. Make it a habit to check the valve a couple of times every year to ensure its optimal performance.
In case that there has been built up, flush it out by draining the water from the tank. Shut off the gas or electricity and attach a garden hose to the drain valve. After that, turn off the cold water supply to the tank and run one of the hot water faucets. Open the drain valve and allow the tank to empty itself.
2. Check the Anode Rod
Aside from the pressure valve, water heaters also have a metal rod, and this attracts various minerals, such as calcium. These minerals turn into sediment that could damage the lining of the tank.
That’s why it’s very important to regularly inspect the anode rod and replace it every 3-5 years to extend the life of the water heater. Likewise, make it a habit to turn off the gas or electricity of the unit before you start with the inspection.
3. Use Water Softeners
There are places that have high mineral content– often known as “hard water.” Hard water is the reason behind scaling, which is a precipitation of minerals that deposit onto the surface of the tank. This could definitely damage the water heater. To prevent this, it’s highly advisable to install a water softener that can reduce the impact of hard water.
4. Check the Temperature
High water temperature could lead to tank failure and it can also be dangerous. That’s why it’s very important to always check your water heater and ensure that the temperature doesn’t go beyond 120 degrees.
5. Consider Installing an Expansion Tank
For those who have a closed water heater system, it’s highly recommended to install an expansion tank. Heat causes the water to expand and this can be a serious issue in a closed system because there wouldn’t be much space for the water to move.
It is always a good practice to include your water heater in your annual plumbing inspection with a professional. A plumbing company like Coastline Environmental Solutions will know the right checks to keep your equipment running properly and your additional maintenance expense low. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation.
Vincent J. Attardo is the President/CEO of Coastline Environmental Solutions, Inc. He provides Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) investigations, mold and bacteria testing, water damage/mold remediation and repair, and is available for consultation and public speaking. For more information please visit www.coastlineclean.com. Readers may contact him at 800-847-3867 or email at [email protected]