Do you really know how to keep your water heater in good condition? Or do you just rely on your plumber to tell you when something’s wrong? Here’s a few tips for maintenance, and getting the most out of your water heater.
- Insulation – Having a properly insulated water heater can dramatically improve the efficiency of the unit. If the unit is not already properly insulated, contact your local technician to have the insulation put in. It will save you money in the long run.
- Check the Anode Rod – The anode rod is the large metal pipe that maintains the cleanliness of the unit. It is located in the top of the water heater. The anode rod should be checked annually to see if it needs to be replaced.
- Flush the System – This can be a relatively complicated procedure, so make sure to call a professional to flush the system. Flushing the water heater cleans out built-up sediments that decrease the efficiency of the unit.
- Check the Expiration Date – Many people are unaware of the average life expectancy of their home water heaters. If your water heater is more than eight years old, it is time to consider changing the unit. If it is older than twelve years, it more than likely has to be changed not just for energy efficiency, but for your health and safety.
These tips might seem obvious, but put them into practice anyway. None of these tips will be detrimental to the heater, so what’s the worst that could happen?