Your water heater works hard for you on a daily basis. What would you do without it?
No one wants to take a cold shower.
Think about everything you use hot water for, clean dishes, clean clothes, and other comforts we take for granted! Here are some simple tips to prolong the life of your water heater.
- Test your Temperature Pressure Relief Valve, open it a couple of times, then watch for leaks. This process also makes sure the valve is not stuck as well.
- If you have an older unit, insulate it for better efficiency. New heaters are larger because they have the insulation already built in.
- If you are leaving town for any length of time, turn your thermostat on your heater to “Vacation Mode” (gas water heaters). This maintains the pilot light without heating the water.
- If your water heater has a pan, make sure the drain is clear. This drain allows any leaking water to go into the pan and can then be safely drained.
It is always a good idea to replace your water heater if it is more than 10 years old. An old water heater is not only inefficient but could cause irreparable damage if it leaks or bursts.
If you want to learn more about protecting your water heater or would like an evaluation of your current one, don’t hesitate to call the professionals at A-Solution Plumbing!