Having a reliable hot water heater in your home or business makes maintaining comfort and cleanliness in your space easier. By taking a few preventative measures you can elongate the lifespan of this appliance. Read below for Tips to Extend the Life Span of Your Water Heater.
Regular maintenance is the key to a lasting heater. Here are a few tips you can use to keep your water heater functioning longer.
1. Add an Expansion Tank
Water expands when it’s heated, and expanded water with nowhere to go can cause the internal pressure to rise. An expansion tank’s sole purpose is to attract the high-volume water in your heater and quickly reduce the pressure. Without it, your system could consistently reach a higher thermal temperature and have a greater chance of bursting or failure.
2. Inspect Gas Lines
If your water heater is connected to a gas line, perform regular checks to ensure there aren’t any cracks, rust, or leaks in the line. If you notice any of these signs of disrepair, contact your local plumber to repair the line immediately.
3. Perform Routine Maintenance
The best way to keep your water heater working for longer is to perform routine maintenance checks. It’ll help you see what needs to be replaced or fixed before it causes irreversible damage to your appliance or stops working completely. During your checks, make sure you:
- Clear the area around the water heater
- Learn how to turn off the water
- Keep handy information written down, like the type of water heater you have, the location in your home, the model number, and the serial number
4. Install a Water Softener
Your home’s water quality can affect your heater’s life. If your water supply has high levels of calcium and magnesium, you could have hard water. Hard water causes sediment deposits to form at the bottom of your heater, and if left alone, can drastically reduce its lifespan.
The good news is that you can install a water softener, which will filter out the minerals that cause hard water, allowing only (or mostly) soft water to flow through your plumbing system.
5. Test the Pressure Relief Valve
The pressure relief valve is a safety valve located on either the top or side of the water heater. Its purpose is to automatically open and release water if the pressure inside your water heater gets too high. In the case of valve failure (a worst-case scenario), your water heater could explode.
Test your pressure valve regularly to ensure your heater lasts as long as possible. You can do this by placing a bucket underneath the T&P valve, lifting its lever, and releasing a few gallons of water. Once you close the valve, the water should stop flowing entirely. If it doesn’t, it’s time to replace it.
Your Space, Your Comfort
Water heater installations are investments into your property. It is vital that you work with an experienced plumber to ensure the new installation is done properly to avoid potential problems and get the best performance from your appliance. If you have an issue with the water heater in your home or business, schedule an appointment with our team today.
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At Spindletop Plumbing LLC, our plumbers works with you to figure out what the issue with your appliance is in order to restore function to your space. We offer a wide range of residential and commercial repairs and maintenance services for tankless water heaters and other types of water heating appliances. Call us today to learn more about your options for water heater repair and replacement
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