How to Properly Maintain Your Water Heater
As with any important system within your home, it’s imperative to take the time to have professionals perform water heater maintenance tasks. Proper maintenance of your water heating system is essential to ensure its efficiency, longevity, and to prevent costly repairs. Here are some tips to help you maintain your water heating system:
- Regularly inspect and flush the tank: Sediment buildup can reduce the efficiency of your water heater. Periodically inspect the tank for sediment accumulation and have professionals flush it to remove any debris. Consult your manufacturer’s guidelines for the recommended frequency of flushing.
- Check the pressure relief valve: This safety feature releases excess pressure from the tank. Hire professionals to test it annually by lifting the valve’s lever to ensure it operates smoothly and releases water. If the valve is faulty or doesn’t release water, it’s time to pay to have it repaired or replaced.
- Insulate the tank and pipes: Insulating the heater tank and hot water pipes can help minimize heat loss and reduce energy consumption. Use insulation blankets or jackets specifically designed for heaters and insulate exposed hot water pipes. This can improve energy efficiency and prevent heat loss.
- Adjust the temperature: Ask a plumbing contractor to set the water heater temperature to a safe and efficient level. For most households, a temperature of 120°F (49°C) is sufficient for hot water needs while preventing scalding accidents and reducing energy usage.
For additional information on how to properly maintain your water heater, please review the attached video.