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By Platinum Team October 2, 2012

Tips for Extending the Life of Your Water Heater

Having a water heater that is in good working condition is an important part of any home. Even if you have a home owner warranty plan, you want to make sure that you take good care of your water heater. While your water heater is probably covered under your home warranty plan, most warranty plans only cover the normal wear and tear of appliances and systems in your home. That means that if you are not taking good care of your water heater, it may not be covered under your plan. Following are some tips for extending the life of your water heater so that if anything does go wrong, you know it will be covered under your home owner warranty.

The first tip is to complete your water heater’s regular maintenance. This is typically on a yearly basis and includes draining your water heater completely and flushing out any build-up. This build-up can lower the efficiency of your water heater, making it work harder to do its job. Your water heater will wear out faster if it has to compensate for build-up. You can drain and flush the water heater on your own or you can call a company that services water heaters to come out and do the yearly maintenance for you. The most important thing is that you get it done in order to make sure that your water heater’s life is extended and in the case the heater does break down, it will be covered under your warranty plan.

Another simple thing you can do to extend the life of your water heater and, thus have full coverage under your home owner warranty, is to check the pressure-relief valve each year and replace it if necessary. A pressure-relief valve that is broken can cause a lot of problems, and may even cause your water heater to explode. The pressure-relief valve is easy to check. It is located on the side or on the top of your water heater. To check it, merely open the valve. If water comes out, the valve is fine and it does not need to be replaced. (Make sure you have a bucket handy to catch any water that may be released.) If no water comes out of the valve, this is a sign that it needs to be replaced. You can replace it yourself or call a water heater service company to do the job.

One last tip to extend the life of your water heater is to replace your water heater’s anode rod at least every 4 years. When metal is exposed to water for a long period of time, rust inevitably forms. Since your water heater is metal and has water sitting in it and rushing through it all day, all year, it goes without saying that rust will form. This is where your water heater’s anode rod comes in. The anode rod attracts the rust that forms in your water heater, protecting the rest of the water heater from corrosion. Replacing this rod periodically will protect your water heater, extend its life, and ensure its coverage under your home owner warranty.

Doing regular maintenance, checking the pressure-relief valve, and replacing the anode rod every few years will do a lot to keep your water heater running in excellent condition. Then, in the case that your water heater does break down and needs to be repaired or replaced, you can be assured that your home owners warranty plan will cover the cost.