3 Tips for Maintaining Your Water Heater

a man checking the water heater

A water heater is one of those domestic appliances that homeowners don’t pay attention to until it stops working. Maintaining your water heater not only increases its life expectancy but also lowers energy bills.

Specialists from Expert Plumbing, Heating, Air and Electrical share some ways you can improve the performance and efficiency of your water heater.

Insulate the Pipes

Insulation prevents heat loss and improves the efficiency of your water heater. Get a water heater specialist to add thick-pipe insulation over the hot and cold water pipes. Insulating hot water pipes prevents heat loss while insulating cold water pipes prevents condensation during the summer months.

Drain the Water Heater

Empty your water heater at least once in a year to remove sediments and debris. You can use a bucket or garden hose to run water out of the heater until the tank is empty. Ensure that you run hot water where it won’t cause damage or accidents. Once it’s drained, run clean water to the tank while the drain is open for the remaining sediment to be removed.

Conduct an Inspection Annually

Check for any signs of leakages or inefficiencies with your water heater on an annual basis. Some of the places you can check are the pipes, valves, and draft hood. Ensure that every part is not only functioning well but also shows no signs of wear and tear. Check the thermostat and gas chamber too. If you aren’t knowledgeable in water tanks, you can contact a professional to help with the inspection and replacement of worn out and damaged parts.

Regular maintenance will prevent your water heater from being damaged when you need it the most. If you suspect problems with your water heater, contact a professional for repairs.