Following these tips, each year may help you improve your water heater’s efficiency and possibly even lower your utility bills.
1. Flush the Tank
Flushing the tank can eliminate sediment buildup. This buildup can reduce your water heater’s energy efficiency, clog your water lines and speeds up the process of corrosion. By doing so, you can increase the life and efficiency of your water heater.
To drain your tank, follow these steps:
- Turn off the water heater’s power supply.
- Run a hot water for 10 minutes or so.
- Shut down the faucet and turn off the cold water valve on your tank.
- Attach a garden hose to your tank.
- Drain the extra water in the tank into a floor drain. Be careful as the water draining from this valve will be hot.
2. Test the Temperature and Pressure Relief Valve (T&P)
The T&P valve protects the tank from combusting in extreme situations. Regularly checking your T&P will ensure that it always works correctly and hasn’t become clogged.
Inspecting the valve is easy, all you need to do is gently lift the lever, and if a few warm water spills onto the floor through the discharge tube, the valve is working correctly. If it’s not working correctly, drain the tank and replace the valve. If yours has an annoying drip, do not plug the leak. A thorough evaluation by an expert plumber is necessary. Remember, this is a safety device that should not be ignored.
3. Adjust the Temperature
If you have issues with cold water during winter months, then your unit may be struggling to heat your water as sufficiently in the winter. Adjust your water heater’s temperature to 120 degrees. Reducing the temperature can save you up to 5 percent in energy costs and your water heater does not have to work hard to keep the water hot, so it will stay in better shape for years to come.
4. Inspect the Anode Rod
The anode rod is responsible for preventing the tank from rusting inside out. This rod is inside of your tank and is essential for ensuring your water heater lasts longer. If your rod is looking worn out or tank starts to rust from the inside, then it should be replaced immediately.
5. Proper Water Heater Maintenance
Routine maintenance service can lengthen the life of a water heater, and keep it running at full capacity — reducing the risk of total system failure or inconvenient breakdowns. Make sure to have an expert from Einstein Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling come out once a year to inspect your system and make any needed adjustments or repairs.
When you rely on Einstein Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling, you can expect professional service from a licensed and skilled plumber. Whether you need a water heater inspection, repair, replacement, or new installation, we have the solution. We have the experience with every type of water heater on the market and can fix your problem in a timely, cost-efficient way.