3 Effective Ways to Extend the Life of Your Water Heater
Like you as a human being, no hot water system can last forever. A water heater can only serve you for eight to a dozen years at maximum, but with less care, it may die in three years or less.
Why is it important to find ways to prolong the life of your water heater? Frequently changing your hot water system may only lead to more stress and hassle in choosing for replacement, calling for a plumbing professional to help install it properly and taking out a large portion of your budget.
Consider your water heater as your romantic partner, who may leave you alone and helpless if you keep on ignoring its needs and wants. If you don’t check up on the heater tank’s condition regularly, its passion to serve you may die and burn out.
So how do you let the water heater feel your tender, loving care? No, you do not need to buy flowers for it nor do you have to kiss a part of its body every time you wake up and before you sleep. The ways are a little bit technical but any household owner can easily adapt to these.
Replace the pressure-relief valve when needed
Do not put your water heater under too much pressure. Let it feel at ease sometimes. We are referring to its pressure-relieve valve, also called PRV or pressure regulating valve, which can be found either at the top or on the side of the water heater, depending on the manufacturer’s design. Check on the way it acts and reacts every time you turn your water heater on. It matters.
With its function to regulate the pressure inside the tank, the PRV automatically opens when the pressure gets too high inside. In some cases, according to experts, the tank may explode due to high pressure. Yes, too much pressure inside your tank can lead to explosion, which literally means damage to the hot water system. This is most likely to happen when the PRV has been damaged.
How can you prevent this from happening? Make sure your PSI is less than 90. If it often reaches that high of a point, you may have to consider lifting the lever. Water is expected to be releasedwhen doing so. If it doesn’t, you may have to replace the valve to avoid further damage.
Drain at least three times annually
Everybody needs to relax once in a while, and in the case of your water heater, three to four times a year. Why? If human beings are tired of their stress levels, heaters also gets worn by their own kind of stress—sediment building up at the bottom of the tank.
Sediment is the accumulated scales of minerals such as lime and calcium. It gets thicker as the water tank continues to battle against rust and corrosion but eventually becomes an enemy as it clogs the hot water system.
How to drain your tank from sediment build up? Follow carefully the instructions on the heater’s user manual.
Don’t aim for a very hot water
Just because it’s called a water heater doesn’t mean you are allowed to raise your water temperature in as far as your imagination can go. No, you have to make sure the temperature is set only up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit or less.
Heating the water beyond the universally recommended temperature frequently may eventually lead to overheating, plus it consumes more energy, increasing your utility bill.
With enough care and concern, a water heater will serve its owner up to its life’s destined end.