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Easy Water Heater Maintenance Tips Anyone Can Do

8/10/2021 (Permalink)

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Easy Water Heater Maintenance Tips Anyone Can Do 

The typical life expectancy for a water heater is 10-12 years. However, they can experience problems early on if not properly maintained. Regular maintenance can extend the longevity of your water heater while helping prevent the likelihood of catastrophic failure that causes severe damage. 

Below are a few tips on water heater maintenance you can use to prolong the life of your hot water heater. 

Tip #1: Frequently Flush Your Water Heater 

Your water heater stores water, even when you are not using it. If you do not flush your water heater annually, mineral deposits will begin building up in the unit. As mineral deposits continue to build up in your water heater, the heating elements become stifled. As more deposits build up on the heating elements, your water heater becomes less effective in retaining heat. 

To flush your water heater, whether it is gas-powered or electric, you need to turn off the source of power to your unit. Next, connect a garden hose to the spigot of your water heater, and place the end of the house outside or in a safe area to flush the water out. Before opening the valve on your water heater, start a faucet nearby to help create better flow in the system. 

Please note that the water in your water heater will be hot, so be careful when opening the valve. You should flush the water for around 5-10 minutes or until you stop seeing sediment and the water runs clear. 

Tip #2: Lower Temperature 

A simple water heater maintenance tip is to lower the temperature level of the unit. Lowering the temperature can help:

  • Reduce the chance of being scolded 
  • Decrease utility bills 
  • Prolong the life of the unit

Higher temperatures can cause quicker wear and tear on your water heater. It is recommended you set the temperature to 120 degrees Fahrenheit to help reduce energy usage. 

Tip #3: Frequently Check The Pressure Relief Valve

Another quick and easy water heater maintenance tip is checking your pressure relief valve. If pressure builds in your water heater, it can cause a catastrophic failure that may lead to the unit itself exploding. 

You can quickly fix this by turning off the power source to your unit and turning off the cold water supply valve. Place a bucket under the pressure release valve and drain the pressure using the valve tab. Once the pressure buildup is gone, the water will stop draining. 

Water Heater Maintenance Importance

Water heater maintenance can prolong the life of the unit and assist in preventing extensive water damage. The average life of a water heater can differ depending on regular maintenance and the type of unit, but they can last around 10-12 years but can begin experiencing issues as early as eight years old. 

If you are experiencing water damage caused by a water heater, SERVPRO Of Pickens Countyis ready to assist you. We provide 24/7 emergency services 365 days a year. We have the expertise and equipment to properly restore your property and make your water damage "Like it never even happened."

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