How to Keep your Water Heater in Peak Condition
Making sure that your water heater is always functional and free from issues can help prolong its estimated lifespan and make it more consistent in producing hot water. It may become too overwhelming for some people who are still new with heating system maintenance since some of the components are kind of difficult to understand. Anyway, here are some tips on how to keep your water heater in peak condition.
Drain water out of the tank
If you have a tankless heating system, you can just skip this part. For those of you who have heating tanks, you must drain out water from it at least once a year. The tank can amass sediment due to the mineral content of the water as well as debris. Leaving the sediment to accumulate can actually lower the lifespan of your water heater and even affect its heating production. Another alarming effect is that bacteria can start to produce on the area affected near the sediment since the temperature is generally lower. In order to save yourself from these dangers and repair expenses, you’ll only need to drain the tank once a year. For those who have water heating units that are kind of old, you may have to flush the tank more than once.
Examine the anode rod and make sure it’s not too rusty
Inside your water heater tank is an integral cylinder that protects the internal parts of the system from oxidation. This is none other than the anode rod. It basically functions as the sacrificial metal that absorbs the corrosion happening inside the tank. Depending on the brand your anode rod, you may have to replace it every three or more years. You should not wait for your anode rod to become fully rusty. A clear sign that it has become too oxidised is when discoloured or rusty water is coming out from the tank. Of course, you must not wait for that happen, check your anode rod occasionally and replace it if it has too many rust or mineral deposits.
Temperature and pressure relief valve should be checked
Your water heater is just another machine, and if it has reached its limits, the fixture will definitely break and even explode. Because of this threat, manufacturers have created a special valve called the temperature and pressure relief valve. As what it name implies, it ‘relieves’ or releases water whenever the tank is beyond its water & pressure limit. Checking the T&P valve if it’s functioning is quite easy, just lift the lever and leave it to snap back to its original position. If there is a burbling noise and water is released from the drain pipe, then the T&P valve is working. If not, then you should have it checked for damages and replace it if necessary.
Insulate the water heater
Water heaters that continually heat water without even being used should be insulated in order to minimise heat loss. Wrapping your tank with an insulation blanket is one of the easiest ways to insulate the tank.