You probably don’t think about your water heater too often, but it’s one of the most important appliances in your home. It’s a vital component, and you need to keep your water heater running at its highest efficiency. Water heaters typically have a lifespan of typically eight to twelve years. But without water heater maintenance, some can fail before then. Despite this, there are ways to extend the life of your water heater.
If you want to avoid paying out for a new water heater before you need to, check out these simple maintenance practices to help extend the life of your water heater.
Flush Your Water Heater Once Every Year
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Change the Anode Rod
Anode rods are a crucial component of your water heater. They protect the rest of the tank from rusting and corrosion. Without anode rods, the inside of your tank would be completely rusted out after just a few years of use.
Consider an Expansion Tank
An expansion tank is a device installed on your water heater to prevent it from overheating. When water heats up, it expands, and if your water heater is old or has a lot of hot water running through it, this expansion can cause damage to the tank. The purpose of an expansion tank is to allow for this expansion so that it doesn’t damage the tank.
Test the Pressure-Relief Valve
A pressure release valve on a water heater is a safety device that prevents the tank from exploding in the event of an overpressure situation. The pressure relief valve is generally located at the top of the tank. It allows air to enter the tank when it reaches its set pressure. This removes some of the pressure and reduces the likelihood of an explosion.
Install a Water Softener or Whole House Filter
Water softeners are a great way to protect your water heater. They remove the hard minerals that can build up in the tank’s heating elements and cause corrosion over time, leading to leaking or bursting.
Whole house water filters work by trapping impurities from your water supply. They cleanse the water before it enters your home, protecting you from dirt, sediment, chlorine, and other harmful contaminants that can cause health problems.
Keep your plumbing systems in good working order by booking a water heater tune-up with the Service Champions professionals.