Hot water is one of those things most people take for granted until they don’t have it. It becomes a habit to turn the shower on, wait a minute for it to warm, and hop right into a relaxing start to your day. Whenever a hot water tank breaks it is usually at the worst possible time and service is needed ASAP.
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What’s Included in Water Heater Maintenance?
Replacing a hot water heater can be expensive. Ensuring it is well-maintained will help extend its life and lessen any problems that may pop up down the road. Here are a few steps a professional can take to keep your unit running efficiently for years to come:
- Test the TPR valve- TPR stands for temperature-pressure-release. Testing this valve is a necessity to prevent pressure from building up and possibly exploding
- Check the anode rod- this rod is important because it stops your water heater from rusting. They are designed to wear out faster than your water heater so changing them as needed is imperative
- Drain the tank- this process will get rid of the sediment buildup in the tank. Sediment buildup causes the tank to work harder than needed which will cause early tank failure in addition to raising the cost to operate it
- Insulate the tank- opting to insulate the hot water heater tank will allow water to remain hotter which in turn allows you to lower the temperature setting. Again, this allows the hot water heater not to work as hard
When Should You Replace Your Water Heater?
Although it may seem like a hot water heater can last forever, it unfortunately cannot. Most people won’t consider replacing a hot water heater unless theirs is completely broken. However, if it is completely broken, the household will not have hot water. To avoid this gap in warm water, here are the key signs it is time to replace your water heater:
- Age- hot water heaters have a lifespan of about 8-10 years. After 10 years, replacing the water heater is necessary because it could break at any time and may be costing far more to operate than a newer, more efficient model
- Rusting- a rusty water heater is something that cannot be fixed. Once rust has taken hold, the unit needs and can even lead to water contamination
- Severe sediment buildup- having a severe sediment buildup in your water heater can make it far less efficient to run. Because more time is spent heating the water, the metal of the water heater tank will become brittle and cause cracks
- Water is not hot enough- if you’re constantly adjusting the temperature of your water heater, it might not have to do with the thermostat at all. There is a chance other parts could be broken, especially if your water heater is much older
- Tank size- growing families mean more hot water usage. Even if your hot water heater is in good condition, having a large influx of people or an increase in use in hot water might signal that it’s time to replace your hot water heater with a larger tank
Quality Water Heater Repair & Installation
Keeping a maintenance schedule with a professional that incorporates the mentioned tips will ensure that your hot water heater runs for years to come. No matter if you need maintenance or hot water heater installation, John Henry’s Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning is the company for the job!
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