We all love our water heaters, but often we don’t think about them much until we’re faced with an ice-cold shower. Rather than waiting for your next surprise wake-up call, take care of your water heater in advance! Let’s turn up the heat with some helpful hints on understanding and maintaining your water heater, so you can keep it in tip-top shape!
Remember, safety first! Always turn off the power supply before inspecting your water heater, especially when dealing with gas or electricity.
7 Hot Tips for Your Water Heater
- Know Your Heater Type: There are two main types of water heaters—tankless and storage tank. Just knowing which type you have can help you anticipate potential issues and how best to maintain it without any frantic Googling in a crisis.
- Check the Thermostat: Ensure your water heater’s thermostat is set to an optimal temperature. The Department of Energy recommends a setting of 120 degrees Fahrenheit to save energy and prevent scalding.
- Drain and Flush Regularly: Did you know that water heaters can get sediment buildup? This can affect its efficiency and shorten its lifespan.Once a year, you should drain and flush out your water heater to keep it running smoothly.
- Inspect the Pressure Relief Valve: This safety feature releases excess pressure from the tank to prevent it from exploding. Be sure to test it regularly to ensure it’s working correctly.
- Insulate Your Tank: Older tank models sometimes need a little help with insulation. By adding insulation, you can reduce heat loss, which can improve efficiency and save on your energy costs.
- Listen for Noises: Unusual sounds from your water heater could signal a problem. Banging or rumbling noises might indicate sediment buildup, while a high-pitched whine could mean a faulty valve. If anything sounds off, it’s worth getting checked out.
- Plan for Replacement: Most water heaters last between 8-12 years. By keeping track of your water heater’s age, you can plan for its replacement (and avoid an unpleasantly icy shower.)
By understanding your water heater and performing regular maintenance, you can ensure its longevity and efficiency. Remember, if you encounter any issues that seem out of your depth, don’t hesitate to call in a professional.
If your water heater is covered by a warranty, it could mean saving a lot of money on repairs and replacements! Contact Trinity Home Advisors today to get coverage for your water heater (and other appliances!) to give you peace of mind even after a freezing shower.