A water heater as a home appliance is of utmost importance in households world over. Therefore one must ensure its longevity and maintain the appliance to enhance its lifetime, since replacing a water heater might not always be within one’s budget. To help in achieving this task, here are a few things that you should keep in mind in order to ensure that your appliance continues to function properly for the longest possible time:
Add insulation and set the temperature
These have to be done only once, and help to reduce heat loss and water-heating costs as well.
Flush sediments and replace anode rod
Flushing the sediments from the tank must be done annually as this adds to the efficiency and longevity of the water heating system. Additionally, a viable anode rod must also be replaced annually, since that will not burn a hole in the pocket, and prevent the tank from rusting.
Check the pressure relief valve
In case the valve is faulty, the tank could explode, since the relief valve releases the pressure built up within the tank. Thus, keep a check.
Do not turn the power on before the tank is completely filled
Chances are that the heating element will burn out and thus the water will not get heated at all. Thus, let the hot water run for 2 to 3 minutes to ensure that all the air is flown out, thus filling the tank completely with water.
Ensure the water heater is installed in a safe location
The water heater must be kept away from locations prone to flooding, which will not only make the appliance short-lived, but also highly unsafe. The appliance must not be placed horizontally, unless specified by the manufacturer.
Know your water heater tank type
The most common material for water heaters is a glass or a porcelain liner, which when set up with the anode, helps limit corrosion. The warranty period of the tank ensures its durability and the material’s, as well.
Keep in check the quantity of hot water used
The quantity of hot water used and the temperature up to which the water requires to be heated, determines the amount of work done by the heater, and thus directly affects its longevity. Higher temperature or quantity increases the duty cycle, and thus makes the tank prone to corrosion.
Your checklist while buying a water heater:
To ensure longevity of a water heater, keep certain points in mind while making the purchase, such as:
- The gallon capacity – 40-gallon and 50-gallon are the most common.
- Determine the recovery rate or the number of gallons heated per hour.
- Check the dimensions and make sure they fit your space availability.
- Opt for the higher energy efficient models