Your water heater is one of those appliances that you use every day but rarely think about. From washing dishes to taking a shower, it’s easily one of the most important appliances in your home. So naturally, most homeowners want to do everything in their power to keep their water heater working for years to come.
Prolong the Life of Your Water Heater
1. Test the Temperature and Pressure Relief Valve (TPRV) each year.
The TPRV is vital for preventing excessive pressure from building in your water heater. If too much pressure builds, your tank could be at risk of exploding. To test your Temperature and Pressure Relief Valve, you should first turn off the power and water supply to your tank. Then, place a bucket underneath your tank and let some water out quickly. If water keeps flowing after the valve is closed, you need to partially drain the tank and install a new valve.
2. Flush the tank at least once a year.
Once or twice a year, you should drain a few gallons of water from your tank and into a bucket. If the water is dark, cloudy, and full of debris, you should do a complete clean of your tank. If dirt and sediment sit at the bottom of your tank, they can compromise how efficiently your tank runs.
3. Schedule regular maintenance.
Most homeowners call once they have a problem. Unfortunately by that point, the problem may already be serious and costly. But with annual maintenance from trusted pros, you can catch minor issues before they become big ones.