Water heaters are essential for providing hot water in your home. However, they can be expensive to replace if they break down. That's why it's important to maintain your water heater to prolong its lifespan. Here are some tips to help you keep your water heater in good condition:
1. Flush the Tank Annually
Sediment can build up in the bottom of your water heater tank, which can cause it to rust and corrode. Flushing the tank annually can help remove this sediment and prevent damage to your unit. To flush the tank, turn off the power and water supply, connect a hose to the drain valve, and let the water drain out.
2. Check the Anode Rod
The anode rod is a sacrificial metal rod that helps prevent corrosion in your water heater tank. Over time, the rod can become depleted and need to be replaced. Check the anode rod annually and replace it if it's less than ½ inch thick.
3. Inspect the Pressure Relief Valve
The pressure relief valve is an important safety feature that helps prevent your water heater from exploding. Test the valve annually by lifting the lever and letting it snap back into place. If the valve doesn't release water or doesn't snap back into place, it may need to be replaced.
4. Insulate the Tank
Insulating your water heater tank can help reduce heat loss and save you money on your energy bills. You can purchase a water heater blanket at your local hardware store and install it yourself.
5. Hire a Professional
If you're not comfortable performing water heater maintenance yourself, hire a professional plumber to do it for you. A plumber can perform a thorough inspection of your unit and make any necessary repairs or replacements.
By following these tips, you can prolong the lifespan of your water heater and save money on repairs or replacements. If you need help maintaining your water heater, contact Life Line Plumbing today to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced plumbers.