How to Easily Maintain Your Water Heater

The typical hot water heater is set to last between 10-12 years.

But if you’re looking to extend the life of your hot water heater, good maintenance is key.

In this post, we’re sharing the best four ways to take great care of your gas hot water heater.

1. Make Sure You Do An Annual Inspection

On a gas water heater especially, you’ll need to make sure that the draft hood is securely in place. There should be a few extra inches of air between the tank and its vent connection.

If there’s any damage or excess wear on the pipe, you may consider getting a replacement.

Also, check the thermostat and directly below it, where the gas chamber is. If you see lots of soot or signs of burning, it’s time to call a professional.

2. Regularly Flush And Drain Your Heater

A minimum of once a year, try to drain out a few gallons of water from the heater with a drain valve.

Make sure you’re using a hose to lead the drained water to an area where it won’t cause damage. (Avoid your lawn – the hot water could harm your grass!)

During the basic draining process, if you’re noticing that a lot of junk is in the water, go for a full flush. Lower the tank’s temperature and totally drain it. Then, when the drain is still open, turn the water on again.

Letting it flow for a minute will clear out anything serious.

3. Keep The Area Around The Heater Clear

Especially if you’ve got a gas heater, you need to make sure enough oxygen can reach it. If not, it can’t properly burn the gas!

Keeping the area clear will make sure your gas unit gets the oxygen it needs. It will also prevent the burner from getting seriously damaged. Also, leaving clutter around your heater can make carbon monoxide leak.

Keep the area around your water heater clear at all times.

4. Make Sure You Know How To Turn Off Your Heater

Whether you just want to lower your water heater costs, or if you want to be ready for an emergency, knowing how to turn off your water heater is crucial.

Especially if you smell gas, you’ll also need to know how to turn off the fuel supply.

Make sure you find the main shut-off valve for the gas. You’ll also need to gather ahead of time any tools you might need to shut off the water supply. Whether it’s leaking or if you smell gas, knowing this will save your water heater. It will also keep you safe.

PS: If you’re looking for more ways to save on your energy costs, you might want to consider switching to a demand water heater. If you use under 41 gallons of hot water each day, these hot water heaters are up to 34% more energy efficient than other models.

Your Water Heater Will Last You For Years

Thanks to these four tips, the maintenance of your hot water heater has never been easier. Now that you know how to properly take care of your heater, you can afford to invest in a higher-quality option.

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