Prolong the Life of Your Water Heater: Must-Know Maintenance Tips

Expert Advice from RHR Plumbing, Denver County's Premier Plumbing Company

Understanding Your Water Heater

Before diving into the realm of water heater maintenance, it’s crucial to grasp the inner workings of your system. Water heaters typically fall into two main categories: traditional tank water heaters and tankless water heaters. Traditional tank water heaters store and heat water in a reservoir, while tankless water heaters heat water on demand. Understanding which type you have is pivotal in determining the specific maintenance tasks required to keep it running smoothly and efficiently for years to come.

Regular Inspections

Regular inspections allow homeowners to catch potential issues early on and prevent costly repairs or replacements down the line. During inspections, it’s essential to meticulously check for signs of leaks, corrosion, or sediment buildup around the tank and connections. Additionally, ensure that the pressure relief valve is in proper working condition to prevent pressure buildup. At RHR Plumbing, we strongly advise homeowners to schedule annual maintenance inspections with a professional plumber to ensure that their water heater remains in optimal condition and continues to provide reliable hot water when needed.

Flushing the Tank

Over time, sediment and mineral deposits can accumulate at the bottom of your water heater tank, compromising its efficiency and lifespan. Flushing the tank on an annual basis is paramount to removing these buildup deposits and maintaining optimal performance. To flush the tank effectively, start by turning off the power or gas supply to the water heater. Then, connect a garden hose to the drain valve and carefully drain the tank completely to rid it of any sediment. For homeowners seeking detailed instructions or professional assistance with flushing their water heater, RHR Plumbing is here to provide expert guidance and support.

Checking the Anode Rod

The anode rod plays an indispensable role in protecting your water heater from corrosion by attracting corrosive elements into the water. Over time, however, the anode rod can deteriorate and require replacement. It’s essential to inspect the anode rod annually and replace it if it shows signs of heavy corrosion or wear. Regularly replacing the anode rod, homeowners can significantly extend the life of their water heater and prevent premature failure, ensuring uninterrupted access to hot water for their household needs. At RHR Plumbing, our team of skilled plumbers can assist homeowners with inspecting and replacing their water heater’s anode rod, ensuring that it continues to function optimally for years to come.

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Adjusting the Temperature

Proper temperature adjustment is key to maximizing the efficiency and longevity of your water heater while also ensuring the safety of your household. Setting the temperature too high can lead to increased energy consumption and accelerated wear and tear on the unit. RHR Plumbing recommends setting the temperature to around 120 degrees Fahrenheit for optimal efficiency and safety. By adjusting the temperature to this recommended level, homeowners can reduce energy costs, prolong the life of their water heater, and ensure a steady supply of hot water for their everyday needs.

Professional Maintenance Services

While some water heater maintenance tasks can be performed by homeowners, certain aspects require professional expertise and attention to detail. At RHR Plumbing, we offer comprehensive maintenance services designed to keep your water heater in top condition and ensure reliable performance for years to come. From thorough inspections to tank flushing and anode rod replacement, our team of skilled plumbers is equipped with the knowledge and experience to handle all your water heater maintenance needs. Schedule a maintenance service with RHR Plumbing today and enjoy peace of mind knowing that your water heater is in expert hands.

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