Water Heater Maintenance: Homeowner Do's and Don'ts

It’s time to shine a light on your water heater! Often overlooked but essential, water heaters play a crucial role in our daily comfort—delivering hot showers, clean dishes, and fresh laundry. Maintaining this appliance goes beyond just comfort; It's a key factor in extending its lifespan, saving you money, and ensuring your home can be the cozy haven you want it to be. Let's explore the dos and don'ts of water heater maintenance.

The Dos:

Regular Flushing

The accumulation of sediment is one of the leading causes of water heater issues. Schedule regular flushes to eliminate sediment and maintain optimal efficiency. This simple task can go a long way in preventing clogs and promoting longevity.

Temperature Checks

Set your water heater temperature to a safe and efficient level. Generally, around 120°F is recommended to prevent scalding and reduce energy consumption. Regularly check and adjust the temperature as needed.

Anode Rod Inspection

The sacrificial anode rod in your water heater plays a crucial role in preventing corrosion. Regularly inspect and replace it if necessary, usually every 3-5 years, to ensure it continues to protect your tank.

Visual Inspections

Keep a keen eye on your water heater for any signs of leaks, rust, or unusual noises. Early detection can prevent small issues from turning into major problems.

Professional Maintenance

Consider scheduling professional maintenance at least once a year. A Peter Levi plumber can perform a thorough check, address potential issues, and provide valuable insights into your water heater's health.

The Don'ts:

Ignoring Strange Noises

Unusual sounds coming from your water heater, such as popping or cracking, could indicate sediment buildup. Ignoring these noises may lead to reduced efficiency and potential damage.

Setting the Temperature Too High

While it's tempting to turn up the heat during colder months, setting the temperature too high poses a safety risk and accelerates wear and tear on your water heater.

DIY Repairs Without Expertise

While minor maintenance tasks can be handled by homeowners, attempting major repairs without the necessary expertise can cause more harm than good. Leave complex issues to the professionals.

Neglecting Anode Rod Replacement

The sacrificial anode rod can only do its job for so long. Neglecting its replacement can expose your water heater tank to corrosion, significantly shortening its lifespan.

Skipping Professional Inspections

Even if your water heater seems to be working fine, skipping professional inspections is a risky move. Regular check-ups can catch potential problems early on, saving you from costly repairs down the line.

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In conclusion, a little care goes a long way when it comes to your water heater. By following these dos and avoiding the don'ts, you're taking proactive steps to ensure your water heater operates efficiently and has a long, trouble-free life. Remember, a well-maintained water heater keeps you comfortable and brings peace of mind.

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