Everyone knows a water heater is something you will have in your house for years, but how much do you really know about it? You probably turn on the hot water whenever you need it without giving it a second thought. While there are different ways to extend the life of your water heater (regular water heater flushes are a must!), here are five simple tips to help extend the life of your water heater.
Flush Your Water Heater Once Per Year
If your water heater has been around for more than five years, you should consider flushing it out. Flushing cleans and removes sediment from the tank. This sediment can build up over time and affect the performance of your water heater. The sediment also increases the risk of corrosion in older tanks, leading to significant problems.
Change the Anode Rod
Anode rods are the sacrificial rods in your water heater. They’re made of magnesium or aluminum, and they protect the rest of your tank from corrosion.
Consider an Expansion Tank
The expansion tank is a device that is attached to the water heater. Its main job is to regulate pressure in the system. If you have a hot water heater, it’s very important to know how your system works and what role the expansion tank plays.
Test the Pressure-Relief Valve
A pressure release valve, also known as a pressure relief valve, is an integral part of any hot water system. The purpose of the PRV is to protect your home and family by preventing a dangerous buildup of pressure in your water heater.
Why test your pressure release valve? The simple answer is to prevent damage to your plumbing system and equipment. A burst pipe or broken appliance caused by excessive pressure could cause thousands of dollars’ worth of damage. If you fail to regularly test this part of your system, you may be at risk for costly repairs down the road.
Install a Water Softener or Whole House Filter
The average water heater lasts 10 to 12 years, but there are ways to extend its lifespan. The most effective way is installing a whole-house filter or a water softener.
A water softener is another excellent option for extending the life of your hot water heater because it will reduce scale buildup and corrosion inside the tank.
Keep your home plumbing in top working condition by booking your next water heater tune-up with the pros at JW Heating and Air.