Water Heater Maintenance: Tips for Ensuring Efficiency and Longevity

Your water heater is a vital appliance that provides hot water for various household activities. To maximize its efficiency and extend its lifespan, regular maintenance is crucial. Here are some essential tips for water heater maintenance:

1. Check the Temperature and Pressure Relief Valve: The temperature and pressure relief valve is a safety feature that prevents the tank from excessive pressure buildup. Test this valve annually by lifting the lever and allowing some water to flow out. If it doesn't release water or seems faulty, contact a professional plumber for assistance.

2. Drain and Flush the Tank: Over time, sediment and mineral deposits can accumulate at the bottom of the tank, reducing its efficiency. To flush the tank, turn off the power supply or gas valve, attach a hose to the drain valve, and run it to a safe drainage area. Open the valve, drain the tank until the water runs clear, and close the valve. Flushing the tank once a year helps maintain optimal performance.

3. Inspect the Anode Rod: The anode rod is a sacrificial component that attracts corrosive elements, protecting the tank from rust and corrosion. Check the rod every two to three years and replace it if it's heavily corroded or less than half an inch thick. A well-maintained anode rod can significantly extend the lifespan of your water heater.

4. Test the Pressure: Use a pressure gauge to check the water pressure periodically. High water pressure can strain the tank and other components, leading to leaks or premature failure. If the pressure exceeds the recommended level (typically 40-60 psi), install a pressure-reducing valve or contact a professional plumber for assistance.

5. Regularly Check for Leaks: Inspect the water heater and its connections for any signs of leaks, such as water puddles or dampness. Address leaks promptly to prevent damage and water wastage. If you're uncertain about the source of the leak, consult a professional plumber for a thorough inspection and repairs.

Remember, if you are uncomfortable performing water heater maintenance tasks yourself, Give us a call (541) 543-7306

Regular maintenance by a professional can help identify and address potential issues before they become major problems, ensuring that your water heater continues to provide reliable hot water for your household needs.

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