The water heater is often the unsung hero of the house, as it is usually unseen and hidden in the recesses of the basement. However, the water heater is responsible for your laundry, your warm showers, and how your dishes get done on a nightly basis. Okay, so maybe we’re not so thankful for the dishes, but for most people, the water heater doesn’t get the attention it deserves. Like all of the other appliances in your house, the water heater also requires some care and maintenance. Here’s how!
- Insulate – Not insulating your water heater can result in the loss of heat, but simply adding a little bit of insulation can save nearly 45% of that loss. Also, doing so can cut almost 10% of your water heating costs for the year! This job is easily done by homeowners, but if you’re unsure of your handiness level, consult a professional.
- Flushing – If you water just isn’t a hot as you’d like it to be, your water heater may be underperforming due to sediment build up. If there are more than four people in your house, your water heater should be flushed out every six months. There are many videos and simple instructions for doing so, so don’t be left without hot water!
- Check The Anode Rod – The sacrificial anode rod is the rod that protrudes from the top of your water heater. You’re going to want to check this for defects, such as exposed wire, rod thickness, or mineral deposits. If there seems to be issues, replace this rod, as you can dramatically increase the life of your water heater by doing so.
- Inspections – Your water heater should be inspected either by you, or by a professional on a yearly basis. Losing a water heater at the last minute, because you haven’t been keeping up with it is an unnecessary evil. Contact someone today to check valves, pipes, and adjust the temperatures if need be.
For any and all of your water heating issues, we can help. If your water heater is on its last legs, then we can also outfit your home with a new one. Contact us today!