Apr 16, 2014

Tips on How to Care for Your Water Heater

Tips on How to Care for Your Water Heater -To ensure that your hot water heater is functioning efficiently, there are certain things that need to be done periodically. But before that, here are some interesting facts about water heaters.

Fact 1: Hot water heaters are expected to last for about 8 to 12 years.
Fact 2: Following a maintenance schedule can extend a unit’s economic lifespan.
Fact 3: Water heater keeps a reservoir of hot water, so when you turn on the tap, it already is able to provide what you need.
Fact 4: Sediments gets accumulated at the bottom of the tank.
Fact 5: For natural gas water heaters, irrespective of its age and size can have an energy efficiency of 45%-61%. The newer models though can have an energy efficiency of 62%.
Fact 6: Natural gas hot water heater needs to be ventilated.
Fact 7: Electric water heaters have an energy efficiency of up to 93%, but the cost of the energy is more expensive.
Fact 8: Tankless water heater provides hot water at a longer time but there are times that the flow can be at a lower rate. Energy efficiency is 82%.
Fact 9: How water system needs to be serviced every 5 years.

Tips in Caring for Your Hot Water Heater
·         Adjust the thermostat to 120 degrees to avoid getting scalded.
·         Keep a clearance distance of 2 feet around the appliances or according what the manual states.
·         Drain the tank a few times in a year to remove the sediments – sediments that are accumulated will cause the water heater to exert more energy to maintain the desired temperature.
·         Perform an annual temperature pressure relief valve check.
·         Check the anode rod every 3 to 5 years.
·         Insulate units especially the older ones with a fibreglass jacket to help improve its energy efficiency.
·         Adjust the thermostat.
·         Maintain the right pressure in the tank.
·         Install water and gas safety valves in case if there is a problem.
·         Replace or fix any part that gets broken. Any broken piece will hinder the water heater’s performance and energy efficiency and consumption.
·         Check water leakage at the heater’s bottom.

However, when doing maintenance check, you need to make sure you follow safety rules. If you need the help of a professional, do not stop yourself from doing so just to save money. You need to understand that if things go wrong, then it will be more expensive than hiring a professional to work on your hot water heater.
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