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Want to keep things hot and steamy in the shower, the kitchen, and the laundry room? Then, you’ve got to maintain your water heater! Despite how essential your water heater is, it’s easy to forget about it until something goes wrong. And when it does, it can throw a wrench in your daily routine. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to keep your water heater working smoothly and help extend its lifespan.
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How to Take Care of Your Water Heater
Check the Anode Rod
The anode rod is located inside your tank and its purpose is to corrode so the tank itself will not. Over time, the anode rod will become so degraded, it will no longer do what it’s supposed to do. So you’ll want to replace it once you notice large sections of metal missing.
Drain the Tank and Wash Out Sediment
Gallons upon gallons of water flow through your water heater, leaving behind minerals and sediment. Eventually, that sediment will harden and may damage the tank. At least once a year, drain out your water heater and flush it until the water runs clear.
Inspect for Leaks and Damage
Every so often check the area around your water heater, looking for signs of leaks or damage. Also, be sure there aren’t any flammable materials nearby.
Wrap the exposed pipes with a ⅜”-thick foam pipe insulation that matches the pipe’s diameter to help reduce heat loss. Another way to reduce heat loss is to wrap the appliance in an insulating blanket. Insulating blankets are known to reduce heat loss by up to 45%, reducing your monthly heating costs.
Adjust the Temperature
Set the temperature to your water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit or lower. This will improve your energy efficiency and help extend the life of your water heater.
Clean the Filter
Tankless water heaters have filters to capture incoming debris. Over time, it may become clogged, impacting your water heater’s performance.
Expert Water Heater Maintenance
Do all of these tasks sound daunting? We get it and we’re here to help. As a locally-owned plumbing company since 1927, D & F has helped thousands of homeowners with their plumbing services, including water heater maintenance, installation, and sales. Give us a call today to schedule your service!
Water Heater Maintenance in Portland OR and Vancouver WA
Serving the Portland OR Metro, Clark County, and Surrounding Areas