The water heater is easily one of the most important appliances in your home. Without it, you would not be able to take warm showers or wash clothes and dishes. That is why you should take extra good care of your water heater. If you maintain this appliance, it should last 10 to 15 years. Here are some different ways to care for your water heater:
Use an Insulating Blanket
Although rare in Florida, if temperatures dip below freezing, it is a good idea to wrap the heater in an insulating blanket. This cover will limit heat from escaping from the tank, so your water heater will not use as much energy to heat the water in the tank.
Flush Out Sediment
Sediment will accumulate at the bottom of your water heater tank over time, which can damage the appliance and decrease its efficiency. To prevent this problem, make sure to flush the sediment out of your water heater once a year. After you turn the water heater’s power off, connect a water hose to the drain valve. Then, open up the drain valve and turn it counter clockwise. Once all the sediment has come out, close the valve.
Lower the Temperature
Your water heater’s temperature is probably automatically set to 140 degrees. However, this temperature is too high and can lead to wear-and-tear and higher energy bills. Try lowering the temperature to 100-120 degrees.
Get Annual Inspections
Just like anything else, your water heater will occasionally need professional maintenance. During an inspection, an experienced contractor will look at your water heater to make sure all of its components are working just right. If there appears to be a problem, the professional will fix it before it gets to worse. Remember to get one of these inspections at least once a year.
Contact Climate Design for Water Heater Repair or Replacement
If you follow these helpful tips, your water heater will last many more years. If you need assistance with your water heater, you should contact Climate Design for qualified, quick, affordable service.