Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Water Heater Efficient

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Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Water Heater Efficient

There are many steps homeowners can take to keep their water heaters running efficiently for years, regardless of whether the unit is a tankless, gas, or electric water heater. As the trusted name in water heater repair in Charlotte, NC, Plumbing Connection lists a few things you can do to ensure that your water heater remains efficient until the end of its service life.

Periodically Flushing Out Sediments

Prevent corrosion by flushing sediment out of your tank once or twice a year. This applies to a tankless water heater as well. You’ll need to shut off power or gas to the unit first, then turn off the cold water supply valve and attach a hose to the drain valve at the bottom of the tank. Open a hot water faucet somewhere in the home, then open the drain valve on the tank. Water will flow from the tank into the hose, which should be diverted into a floor drain or bucket until it runs clear. Then close both valves and open another hot water faucet to release pressure in the system.

If this appears challenging, you can call for professional water heater services.

Replace Anode Rod When Necessary

The anode rod — also called a “sacrificial anode rod” — is a metallic part that attracts corrosion and protects the tank from rusting. This rod must be replaced when its core wire is exposed by erosion. A homeowner can check the anode by removing the access panel, draining some water out of the tank, unscrewing the anode with a socket wrench, and checking the core wire. If damaged, you won’t necessarily need a water heater replacement, but you do need to replace the anode rod.

Wrap Tank with Insulation Jacket

If you have an older unit and live in a cooler climate, wrapping the tank with an insulation jacket can help keep water hot while reducing standby heat loss by 25 to 45 percent. This type of job is easy enough that most people can complete it without help from a professional. However, if you need assistance, you can ask that the insulation jacket be included during the water heater installation.

Calibrate the Temperature

It’s recommended that you set your water heater temperature to 120-140 degrees. This temperature prevents bacteria from developing, while providing you with a comfortably hot bath. Ask your plumber for more guidelines and other tips and tricks to make your water heater last longer.

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