By Platinum Team April 4, 2014

How to Extend the Life of Your Hot Water Heater

You may not think often about your hot water heater, but you probably rely on it every day.  And you will not always know exactly how much you need it, until it stops working.  Your hot water heater can be maintained regularly to keep it running smoothly so that it is there, when you need it.  Water heaters typically have a life of about 10 years, on average, but they can last longer when cared for well and regularly maintained. The first important thing to do when maintaining your hot water heater is make sure the tank is clean.   Many experts recommend that you drain your tank regularly in order to keep it functioning properly and to avoid sediment build up.  AngiesList points out how important draining your water heater tank is, “Those drips are caused by a buildup of minerals, such as calcium and lime, over the years. One way to help limit the clog is to drain your water heater.  “Drain it three or four times a year,” Kenworthy says. “That’s the best way for them not to lime up. When you drain it in the basement, take the water to the sump pump. If your water heater is in the garage, run the water outside. Drainage is one of the biggest things you can do to help your water heater. Other than that, there’s not a whole lot you can do.” When it comes to draining, follow the steps suggested by the manufacturers for that specific tank.”  Be sure to turn off the water supply, drain the water and flush any sediment buildup out until the water runs clear. Additionally, you will want to check and regularly replace your anode rode.  The anode rod may sound complicated but it is actually relatively easy for most homeowners to change themselves.  Yahoo Voices describes the importance of the anode and how to tell if it needs to be changed, “After your hot water tank is 3 years old, start checking the anode rod once a year. Although it is doubtful that you will have to replace the anode rod in your hot water heater so soon, this rod is essential to the health of your water tank. Anode rods work to release ions that prevent the tank from rusting. If the anode rod has been completely depleted, then the inside of the water tank will start to rust, then leak. Use a wrench to loosen the rods from the top of the water tank to check them. After pulling out the rods, check to make sure that they appear solid. If they look a little worse for the wear, plan on buying and installing new anode rods in your hot water tank.” Have an inspector check your water heater if you are concerned it may not be functioning properly.  When you regularly maintain your water heater it will be there each day, when you need it, and you will be able to extend the life of your water heater.]]>