Your water heater is one of the most important appliances in your home. After all, you use it to bathe, cook, and do laundry. Here are a few brief tips for maintaining your hot water heater’s efficiency and longevity.
Check Certain Elements Yearly
Maintaining a hot water heater isn’t that difficult, but there are some annual tasks you need to pay attention to. Test the temperature-pressure-release (TPR) valve on the top side of the tank to ensure it is working properly. If there are problems, you might need a new one.
Checking the anode rod for damage or wear is also important. Finally, it is always a good idea to drain the tank and remove any sediment, as doing so helps extend the life of your water heater.
Tackle One-Time Maintenance and Efficiency Tasks
Most water heaters are new enough to meet energy efficiency standards. However, there are usually a few one-time tasks you can do to increase the performance of yours. This includes adding insulation to the pipes and the tank to reduce energy costs by up to nine percent. You’ll also want to adjust the temperature to the lowest setting possible for the number of people in your home and desired comfort level.
Contact a Licensed Plumber
At the slightest hint of trouble, it’s a good idea to go ahead and contact a licensed plumber. Also, if it has been a few years since your hot water heater was serviced, it might be time for a professional tune-up. A malfunctioning unit has the potential to cause bigger problems including flooding, carbon monoxide poisoning, and other hazardous issues that can easily add up to an expensive repair or harm your family.
Do you have more questions about how to maintain your hot water heater? Contact our team at Heieck Supply today for more information.