Your water heater probably isn’t something you think about every day, or even every month. But the second it stops working, it’ll be the first thing on your mind every day until it’s fixed.
And while having your water heater fixed quickly is always wonderful, we think it’s even better to prevent a problem from occurring in the first place.
Prolong the Life of Your Water Heater this Winter
Some problems are inevitable, especially if your unit is more than 15 years old. However, many of the problems we see every day could be prevented with regular maintenance and care.
1. Regular Maintenance
Unfortunately, it’s all too often that we have to tell homeowners that had they had their unit inspected each year, we could have caught this major problem when it was just a small issue. We understand that it can be hard justifying paying for routine maintenance when it seems like everything is working well, but just because you’re getting hot water that doesn’t mean it’s working to its full potential.
2. Flush Your Tank Annually
Roughly every six months to a year, you should drain a few gallons of water from your heater into a small bucket. If the water looks clear, you’re good to go. But if the water looks dirty and filled with debris, you need to perform a full cleaning of your heater.
3. Keep Your Unit Clear of Obstructions
Many water heaters sit in small boiler rooms or laundry rooms, making it easy to store other things, like clothes and bicycles, alongside your heater. However, it’s important to keep at least three feet of clearance around your entire water heater so that it doesn’t overheat and so that you can quickly identify pooling water on the floor (which is a major sign of a leak).