Water heater maintenance: How can you prolong the life and efficiency of your water heater?
Adding an insulating blanket around your water heater can help reduce heat loss
by up to 45% also saving you about 9% on your energy costs, and is a relatively easy project to install. Insulating blankets are relatively inexpensive and can be purchased at your home improvement or hardware store. There are many types of blankets available, ask your local dealer which one would work best for your situation.
Flushing your tank is recommended at least once per year. Although there are many do-it-yourselfers out there, it is recommended that you call a professional to insure proper drainage and avoid risk of injury or possible water damage. Flushing out the tank will reduce sediment buildup and improve efficiency. Also test the safety valve once a year, especially if the valve is leaking water, as this may indicate a buildup in pressure.
Checking the anode rod for corrosion and rust is an important part of maintenance. The anode rod helps prevent the buildup of minerals and deposits in you tank, thus prolonging the lifespan of your water heater. Replacing the rod when needed is more cost effective than replacing your water heater.
By taking these preventive measures, the benefits are worth the effort and will help keep your head above water, instead of in “Hot Water.”