Aging Water Heaters and How to Save Them!
It is not unusual for homeowners and tenants to feel a bit naïve when it comes to home plumbing and hot water tank. In this blog we discuss how to extend the life of your water heater.
Perhaps you’ve tinkered with your plumbing and fixed a few things yourself, but what do you know about preventive water heater maintenance?
Water heaters have changed a lot over time. Perhaps you are one a lucky homeowner whose water heater has lasted over 13 years with no issues that you can detect- but you can’t see what’s going on inside the tank.
Nowadays, water heaters can last from 8-10 years, although some have lasted longer depending on many factors, such as water quality, frequency of use, and preventive maintenance.
Most areas in Greater Vancouver and the Fraser Valley have soft water which is easier on the hot water tank and its parts. If you live in an area with hard water, it is recommended to add a water softener to your home plumbing system to reduce the speed of natural wear and tear.
Hot water heaters that are used less frequently can last longer as they experience less cycles of heat expansion and contraction. Read more about thermal expansion in this blog.
Preventive maintenance is the best way to help your aging water heater live a long life. Here are some tips for water heater maintenance.
Flush your water heater every year. Pick a date and mark it on your calendar as your official Water Heater Flush day. We also offer a free reminder program where we will call to remind you that your tank is due for a flush.
Check your PRV (pressure reducing valve) every 6 months. This valve controls the water that comes in to your home from the city. High pressure water can damage your plumbing system and will void the warranty on your hot water tank. Check this valve to make sure that your pressure stays below 75 PSI.
Replace the anode rod in your water heater. The rod breaks down over time and settles to the bottom of your tank. Some manufacturers suggest that having this rod replaced or installing an additional rod can help to extend the life of your tank.
To see a list of our maintenance services, click here.
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This post was written by Christine Brightman