Home appliances are some of the most expensive purchase you’re likely to make for your home, making it vital that you take proper care of them to get as much use out of them as possible before it’s time to start looking for another new appliance. Both before and after a regular water heater repair, there are certain steps you can take to extend the overall life of your water heater so you can enjoy hot water for a long while without compromised efficiency.
Add an Expansion Tank
If your water heater system uses a closed system, do yourself a favor and invest in an expansion tank. The reason for this recommendation is that when you heat water, it expands by about two percent. If you don’t have an expansion tank for your water heater, the heated water swells inside your water tank where it also contracts as it cools, both of which can cause premature wear and tear on your water heater. Expansion tanks are made to withstand expansion and contraction and can give your water heater as many as 12 years of extended life.
Use a Second Anode Rod
Because corrosion is inevitable when it comes to water heaters, manufacturers install what are known as anode rods. These rods are designed to break down under corrosion rather than allow the water heater’s steel components to break down first. The way to determine how long your water heater’s current anode will last is to check the manufacturer’s warranty. If your water heater has a six-year warranty, for instance, chances are the anode rod will last about five years. Buying a second anode rod further prevents unnecessary corrosion and gives you more years of use out of your heater. Rather than waiting until your current anode rod is completely worn down, you can always take the proactive approach and replace it early. Remember, when a water tank starts to leak, it usually cannot be fixed, meaning you want to do everything possible to keep leaks at bay.
Take Care of Your Water Heater Tank
Much of the corrosion that can break down your water heater exists in the form of substances and minerals, substances and minerals that settle in your tank. To keep these corrosive elements out of your tank, it’s essential that you flush your tank at least once a year. When you’re ready to give your tank a good flush and clean, all you have to do it attach a garden hose to it and let it drain out. If you have any questions or would like a bit of help, contact a water heater expert to offer you some tips.
Use a Water Softener
Not only is a water softener good for getting more years of use out of your water heater, softeners are also great for your home’s water supply in general. Do some research on your geographic area to learn how common mineral deposits in your water are. The presence of minerals leads to what’s known as hard water, which can build up and harm your faucets, connection points and nozzles as well as clog up your water lines. Water softeners are designed to address hard water and protect your water heater as well as your peace of mind. Another great thing about water softeners is that they can remove bad tastes and smells from your home’s water supply.
Install a Pressure Valve
While having great water pressure is certainly awesome when running faucets and taking a shower, having too much pressure can actually be detrimental to the operation of your water heater. Use a pressure valve to avoid unnecessary strain as well as wear and tear on your home’s appliances.
Do your future self a favor and do everything possible to get as many years as you can out of your water heater.
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