Did you know that most water heaters last for more than ten years? The key to making it last even longer? Keeping yours maintained properly. So, two questions: first, how do you make sure yours is in good condition and second, how to know when you need a new one?
Dial it back. To keep your hot water heather working smoothly and efficiently, dial the temperature down. Besides saving you money each month, keeping your water temperature lower is an important safety precaution if you have small children.
You will find the temperature setting dial on a knob on the gas valve or thermostat behind an electric water heater panel. Once you have located it, turn it to between 115 to 120 degrees. With that simple adjustment, you’re not only reducing your energy output, but also protecting your tank from overheating.
Test the Temperature and Pressure (T&P). Simply lift the lever part way and let it go so it will snap back. When you do this, you should hear the water being released into the drain tube. If you do not hear this water release, your water heater probably should be replaced.
Perform a mini flush. It’s a good idea to perform a mini flush annually—just add it to your spring or summer cleaning list. Why? Any sediment that has gathered at the bottom of the tank can lead to rust and/or inefficiency. Simply place a bucket under the drain valve (located near the bottom of the water heater tank) and turn the valve counter clockwise. When you do this, the water heat will release a few gallons of water into the bucket. If you prefer, you can do a full flush, but know that it requires more time and work as well as shutting down your water heater.
Assess your costs. Ultimately, if your water heater does not heat efficiently and/or you find yourself constantly calling a professional for repairs, look for a new one. While a new water heater is typically about a thousand dollars or less, if your current water heater isn’t working properly, it’s probably costing you more than you realize.
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