A well-maintained water heater can last an average of 10 years. Maintenance must be done at least once a year to ensure its efficiency and longevity. Annual checking can also prepare you for any potential risk and preventable damage. In taking care of your water heater, here are a few helpful tips that you can follow:
First, turn off the gas control and cold supply to check for any leaks in the pipes and valves. If there’s a leak, replace the affected part to prevent further damage. Second, check the flame arrestor screen to see if there’s good airflow. If it is blocked or covered with debris, clean the screen using a brush. Good airflow is necessary to ensure the efficiency of the heater’s mechanical systems. Clogged screens can cause an increase in your electric bill.
The T&P valve is the most crucial feature in water heaters because it prevents excessive pressure and temperature inside the tank by releasing water. If this feature does not function properly, there could be a potential explosion. It is highly recommended to test the T&P valve at least once a year. To test it, place a bucket below the tube and lift the lever. If there’s no water coming out or if the water doesn’t stop flowing after you close the valve, then it means that the valve has failed and has to be replaced immediately. Call Roof To Floor Home Inspection anytime! Click here to contact us now!
The anode rod is the tank’s first line of defense against rust and corrosion. Remove the anode to inspect it at least once a year. If you can see that 6 inches of the steel underneath is bare or covered with calcium, replace it right away. Do not delay the replacement because a used-up anode will shorten the water heater’s life.
The sediments that settle at the bottom of the tank can decrease the water heater’s lifespan and efficiency. To remove it, dry the tank and then turn on the cold supply for the water to blast at the bottom of the tank. It will upset the sediment and cause it to rise where you can then drain the water again. You can repeat this process 3-5 times as necessary.
If you don’t have an insulated water tank, then you have to consider insulating it. It is an inexpensive project that you can easily muster. There are multiple water heater blankets that you may purchase in the market today. An insulated water tank can retain heat and save you money on electric bills.
Water heaters are normally installed at a temperature of 140 degrees Fahrenheit and most people are not aware that they can actually lower this down. The lowest temperature range of your heater is around 90 to 110 F. Lowering the temperature down will not only save you money on electric bills because it can also prolong the life of your water heater. The higher the temperature, the faster those sediments are accumulated. Check out yesterdays blog post below or by clicking here!
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