Learn How to Extend the Lifespan of Your Water Heater
Water heaters typically last anywhere from 10 to 12 years, but their lifespan and water-heating efficiency may be dramatically extended with a little TLC. Keep reading to learn how simple it is to keep your water heater operating reliably and at peak performance.
Hot Water Temperature
Whether you use a gas or electric water heating system, the lifespan of your storage tank is contingent upon the water temperature, the quality of water supply and failing parts that are not replaced. Water heaters are typically shipped from the manufacturer with temperatures set around 140 degrees. Water at this high temperature can expedite tank deterioration.
Use a thermometer to check hot water temperatures at the most distant outlet. Hot water temperatures should be no more than 120 degrees, so adjust the temperature dial as needed to reach, but not exceed, 120 degrees.
In addition to excessive temperatures, water heater deterioration can also be caused by minerals, sediment and impurities accumulating primarily on the bottom of your tank. Mineral and debris accumulation can progressively reduce water heating efficiency as well, resulting in higher energy bills.
Each month, drain up to one gallon of water at the drain valve located near the bottom of the storage tank.
A complete system flush should be performed once a year by your plumbing professional.
The anode rod, which is a device that attracts impurities like a magnet, should be replaced every three years. When the anode rod is depleted and is not replaced, your water heater is on the fast-track to failing.
Make sure to check the temperature and pressure valve (TPV) located on the side near the top of your tank. Be mindful that extremely hot water is going to spew out. If there are any water leaks at the TPV or at bottom of the storage tank, call a professional.
For maximum water heater lifespan, schedule an annual maintenance check with your plumbing professional.
At Sobieski Services, Inc., our goal is to help our customers in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey learn more about energy and home comfort issues – especially HVAC and plumbing issues – so that they can save money and live in healthier, more comfortable homes.
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