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Water Heater Maintenance Tips

Water heaters are essential appliances in our homes, providing hot water for various tasks from bathing to cooking. To ensure your water heater functions efficiently and lasts long, regular maintenance is crucial. Here are some tips to help you maintain your water heater:

  1. Perform Regular Inspections:

Conduct regular checking. A thorough visual inspection can provide valuable insights into the condition of your water heater. Pay attention to:

Leaks in pipes or at the bottom of the water heater.

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Old gaskets or loose connections/screws that need tightening or replacement.

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Corrosion on any part of the water heater or pipes.

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2. Flush the Water Heater Annually:

Flushing the tank removes sediment buildup and is one of the most important maintenance tasks to enhance longevity and efficiency. How to flush the water heater.

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3. Check the Anode Rod:

The anode rod, located inside the water heater, helps prevent corrosion. It should be replaced every three to five years or more frequently if high corrosion rates are detected.

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4. Annual T&P Valve Inspection:

A faulty temperature and pressure relief (T&P) valve can lead to excessive pressure inside the tank, resulting in performance issues and, in extreme cases, tank explosions. Replace it if necessary. 

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5. Check Thermostat Settings:

Water heaters are typically set to temperatures between 120 to 140°F. Lower temperatures save on electricity, while higher temperatures improve cleaning or disinfection efficiency. Avoid going below 120°F to prevent bacterial growth. Temperatures of 140°F and above can cause scalding. You can read more about temperature settings in your water heater.

When to Call a Professional?

If you’re uncomfortable performing any checks or repairs yourself, seek assistance from a professional. Similarly, if you’re unsure how to interpret an issue (e.g., strange noises), ask a plumber for assessment and advice. Most affordable plumbers combine annual inspections with regular maintenance services, such as tank flushing, which can save you money and time in the long run.

If you do regular maintenance on your water heater yourself every 3-4 months, that’s great! This will help you prevent possible breakdowns. But you need to remember that producers recommend that you have your water heater professional inspected at least once a year. If you still have questions or would like a free consultation on inspecting your water heater, we encourage you to call this phone number (855)642-6647 as soon as possible!

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