Ready to learn how to keep your water heater living its best life?
We’ve got some tips to help you extend the lifespan of your water heater and keep the good times (and hot water) flowing. Brought to you by Biard & Crockett, the heating, cooling, and plumbing repair experts who know their stuff!
1. Keep it cool
Turn down the heat! Lowering your water heater’s temperature to 120 degrees F not only saves energy (and cash), but it also reduces wear and tear on your tank. It’s a win-win! And if you need help adjusting that thermostat, the plumbing repair pros at Biard & Crockett have got your back.
2. Drain it down
Sediment buildup is a water heater’s worst enemy. So, show that gunk who’s boss by letting Biard & Crockett drain your tank once a year. This simple maintenance step keeps your water heater running efficiently and extends its life. You probably will need help to ensure this is done safely, and our plumbing repair experts are just a call away.
3. Test your T&P (we’ll explain!)
Safety first! The temperature and pressure (T&P) relief valve is designed to release excess pressure and prevent your water heater from turning into a geyser. Test it annually to ensure it’s working correctly. And if you’re not sure how, don’t sweat it! The plumbing repair team at Biard & Crockett is here to help test the valve and make sure it’s still able to release pressure as needed.
4. Wrap your tank in a “hug”
Keep your water heater cozy with insulation! Wrapping your tank in an insulating blanket can significantly improve its efficiency and reduce heat loss. Plus, it’s like giving your water heater a warm hug. Who doesn’t love that?
5. Don’t neglect the anode rod
The anode rod is your water heater’s “hero,” protecting the tank from corrosion. How does it work? It is usually made of magnesium or aluminum with a steel core, and it attracts corrosive elements in the water to it. It attracts the corrosive elements, to prevent the tank itself from rusting. Have us check it if you start to experience any issues with your hot water (or its color or smell), and replace it when it starts looking worse for wear.
6. Bonus! Schedule regular maintenance
When it comes to keeping your water heater in tip-top shape, nothing beats regular maintenance by an expert plumber. Biard & Crockett’s skilled plumbing technicians will give your water heater the TLC it deserves, ensuring it runs smoothly for years to come.