How to Prolong the Life of Your Water Heater
The average lifespan of a water heater is around eight to twelve years, but did you know that you can actually extend its life? Prolonging the usefulness of this fixture can save you from a high-cost replacement as well as the hassle it gives. It’s also important to take note that tank less water heaters can usually last longer than the standard versions. Whatever type of water heater you have or what brand it is, you do need the dedication to maintain and care for this equipment.
1.Drain three to four times a year
Your water heater has the tendency to clog because of the accumulation of various minerals like calcium, lime, and much more. If these sediments are left, it can negatively affect the water heater–making it less efficient and possibly damaging the tank system.
The rule of thumb is to drain all the liquid around three to four times each year. This can help remove the build-up and regulate the water heater. Keep in mind that you need to follow the steps on how to drain as instructed by the manufacturer. If you’re having second thoughts just hire a professional to do it for you.
Depending on where you live, the concentration of minerals might be higher than other locations. The higher the mineral content of the water, the easier it is for your water heater to have a build-up. In this case, it’s highly recommended to set up a water softener to lessen the mineral content.
3.Install another anode rod
The anode rod helps prevent the water heater from rusting, but when it’s completely used up, the tank will be prone to damage and disintegration. This is why you need another second anode rod to serve as a buffer from corrosion, It’s also important to check and maintain the anode frequently. The rod is either composed of magnesium or aluminum.
If the tank of your water heater is newly purchased, you don’t need to check it regularly, but after its third year, you need to examine the anode rod at least once a year as some sort of maintenance.
4. Set up a Pressure Regulating Valve (PRV)
It’s not just mineral build-up that causes damage to the appliance but the water pressure as well. The tension can cause the system to be damaged and can lower the life expectancy of the water heater. You can determine if the water pressure is too high if the PSI is greater than 90. With the help of PRV, the water pressure can be controlled.
5. Install an Expansion Tank
You only need to add an expansion tank if you’re using a closed system. This is because a closed system has a tendency to dramatically increase or decrease the water pressure due to its structure. The rapid change of the water surge can greatly deteriorate the tank’s functionality. Expansion tanks can serve as an ‘allowance’ for the inconsistent flow, providing more movement for the water.