So, you’ve finally decided to invest on that water heater for your home, and you can finally enjoy some good, comfortable shower time. Your water heater expert also told you that your purchase should last for a decade or more with you, which makes it truly one of the best investments. However, this may not always be the case for all water heater brands. One of the ways to truly reap your water heater investment and make it last for a decade or more is to be more aware of how to maintain it. Unfortunately, leaks in your water heater is usually a sign that it’s a bit too late for maintenance, already.
With that, here are some of the proactive ways that you can do to make sure that your water heater lasts longer. No worries, these are basically easy things to do, which do not necessarily require professional help.
First off is an annual flush of your water heater. Although you may read from the manual that the water heater you bought has a self-flushing system, it will still significantly help to do this manually at least once a year to prevent sediment build up. Since water tanks are primary made of metal, these sediments that are not washed out for an extended period of time will cause some parts to erode faster than they should.
Another free and energy-efficient maintenance practice is to reduce the heating temperature of your water heater. Aside from this reducing scalding accidents, you also prevent overworking your water heater, while saving on electricity cost. Moreover, the standard temperature of your water heater will also affect pathogen growth. So it’s important to not set it too high for safety purposes, but not too low for pathogens to start growing in the water source.
Finally, you might want to buy a pressure regulator valve for your water heater to preserve it longer. Apart from it benefiting the water heater directly, you are also doing your entire plumbing system but literally have this accessory control the pressure that comes out of your water tank. Any appliance, no matter how expensive, that is constantly subjected to high pressure is bound to corrode faster. A PRV will allow you to maintain a more constant pressure, preserving the life of your plumbing lines, water heater, and other appliances.
These steps are relatively easy and inexpensive to do, but will save you lots of money from replacing your water heater sooner than expected. For a thorough maintenance work, you may also coordinate with your neighborhood plumber to have your entire water systems checked.