How to Maintain Your Water Heater

A water heater usually lasts about 8 to 12 years. During that period, it provides you with warm baths, clean dishes, and clean clothes. But in return, you also need to keep up with routine maintenance if you want it to serve you for a long time. So, how do I take care of my water heater? Here are some ideas on what you need to do to maintain your water heater.

Adjust the Temperature

On the side of the tank, you will find a temperature dial. Unscrew the cover, then adjust the temperature to 120 degrees. You can do this with a flathead screwdriver. You will be reducing your energy cost by 5% for every 10 degrees of temperature lowered.

Test the TPR Valve

Get a bucket and place it under the pipe connected to the TPR valve. Gently raise the tab of the valve to let out some water, then let it go. If the water continues flowing, drain the tank partly and remove the old valve, then place a new one.

Drain the Tank a Few Times a Year

Ensure you drain your tank to remove debris or sediments. Shut off the cold-water supply valve and use a garden hose to drain water into a bucket until only clear water comes out.

Check the Anode Rod

The anode role helps your water heater withstand corrosion, hence preventing water heater failure. It attracts corrosive matter into the water, meaning it will corrode before the water heater. But even though its job is to corrode, you need to inspect it regularly just to make sure your tank remains in great condition. An anode rod is about three-quarter inches thick. If it has been corroded to less than half an inch thick, you need to replace it.

Insulate the Water Heater Tank

Another tip on water heater maintenance is insulating the tank. This can help improve energy efficiency around your home and save you some money. You will need an insulating blanket for this. When wrapping it around the tank, mark the areas where the pipe and pressure relief valve are, then cut those areas. And if you have a gas or oil heater, do not cover the top. This step is only necessary for older water heater units. Newer models are already insulated.

Insulate the Pipes

Insulating your pipes with self-sticking foam pipe insulation will help prevent heat loss and increase water temperature by about 2°F to 4°F. You will also not have to wait for long for hot water once you turn on the faucet, hence conserving water.

Are you looking for water heater maintenance services? Barr Plumbing Service, Inc. can help. We offer our services to both residential and commercial customers around Bartholomew and the surrounding regions. We do water heater installation, repair, and maintenance, whether for remodeling projects or new constructions. Beyond that, we also work on drains, sump pumps, water lines, garbage disposal, water softeners, sinks, and tubs. Call us today and let us handle your plumbing issues.

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