The water heater is one of your home’s most important major appliances. Without it, you’ll be left in the cold (water). Just like everything else, all water heaters have a lifespan. Meaning you’ll have to replace yours someday.
It is estimated that you should replace your water heater every 10 to 15 years. However, the good news is you can extend the life of your water heater by following some very simple water heater tips.
Flush Your Water Heater Once Every Year
A common issue with water heaters is sediment build up. Sediment is a mixture of minerals, rust, and other debris that can accumulate in the bottom of your tank. This accumulation can impact your water heater’s performance and increase its risk of failure.
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Change the Anode Rod
The anode rod is a metal rod that protects your water heater’s tank from corrosion. The anode rod has a positive electrical charge, attracting the water’s negative ions. Corrosion is caused by these ions combining with metals in your water heater to form rust. The anode rod prevents this by providing a target for the ions to attach themselves to.
Consider an Expansion Tank
The expansion tank is a small, unfilled tank that sits on top of the water heater. It’s designed to absorb any excess pressure in the system and prevent damage to your home’s plumbing.
An expansion tank is essentially an air-filled bladder that lets the water pressure in your plumbing system expand and contract without causing damage.
It’s important to note that an expansion tank will not heat water. Instead, it helps prevent pressure fluctuations within your plumbing system by allowing expansion room for cold or hot water.
Test the Pressure-Relief Valve
Pressure release valves are a safety feature on water heaters designed to protect the tank from damage. The pressure release valve is located at the bottom of the tank. It is typically found by looking for an extra pipe coming from the bottom of the heater.
Install a Water Softener or Whole House Filter
Most residential water heaters are designed to last anywhere from eight to twelve years. But if you live in an area with hard water, it can reduce that lifespan by several years.