4 Ways to Maintain Your Water Heater
From hot showers to your dishwasher to your laundry machine, your water heater is an appliance that gets used every day. Whether your water heater design is conventional, tankless, solar power, condensing, or a hybrid, maintaining your system can extend the lifespan of the unit, help prevent failures in the future, and keep your home comfortable. In addition to lengthening the amount of time you will be able to use your water heater, following these simple steps can also work to conserve energy and reduce your water heating costs.
1. Perform a Mini-Flush
Sediment can build up inside your water heater, depending on the type of heater your home has. Over time, these sediments have the capacity to corrode your tank and decrease the functionality of your water heater. You can perform a quick flush of your system to rise out any dirt or mineral buildup and increase your water heater’s efficiency.
2. Adjust the Temperature
Most water heaters are installed to run at 130 to 140 degree Fahrenheit, but most professionals and the U.S. Department of Energy recommend a setting of 120 degrees for the average household. Lower temperatures reduce the risk of overheating your unit and can help to reduce your energy bill. If you are planning on being out of town for more than three days, it’s also a good idea to turn your water heater to the lowest heat setting or completely off.
3. Insulate Your Water Heater
Insulating your water heater is a relatively inexpensive method of conserving heat and energy and you only have to do it once. You can insulate the water heater tank as well as any exposed pipes to reduce the amount of standby heat loss.
4. Schedule Routine Inspections
These simple tips can help to extend the lifespan of your water heater unit, but it’s also recommended to have your water heater serviced by a trained professional at least once a year. Our team of industry experts will assess your water heater’s burner, inspect or repair the exhaust, looks for any leaks or corrosion, and determine whether or not older models require and anode replacement. The best time to schedule an inspection is in the spring or summer when you’re using less hot water. It’s best to be prepared and aware of any potential complications before the cold winter weather sets in and hot water becomes essential to your daily activities.