What Can a Homeowner do to Extend the Life of Their Water Heater
Many homeowners do not even consider looking at the water heater until it experiences a significant problem. The truth is that this one device is running longer and harder than any other in the entire house.
The job of the water heater is to make certain water is hot at a seconds notice, and to do this the unit must turn on and off many times a day to keep several dozen gallons of water hot when you need it. The problem is that running this long can wear the unit down quickly if not maintained on a regular basis.
Consider these three things a homeowner can do to extend the life of their water heater.
1. Inspect for Corrosion
Hot water is being passed through the pipes of the water heater throughout the day, and many calcium and deposits in the water tend to corrode the pipes over time. Take a close look at the pipes on the top of the water heater and look to see if any white powdery deposits are forming.
These need to be brushed away and cleaned before they begin to wear away at the integrity of the pipe. If the pipes are neglected long enough, they break down in strength and the pipe could burst at any time.
2. Check for Leaks
Under the water heater should be a small pan designed to catch any water leakage. This pan will not be able to contain all the water in the event of a break. This is why it is so important you constantly check the tank for any leaks.
The leak is the sign the tank is in distress, and one small leak can quickly turn into a large break at any moment. Rather than having a water heater failure and water rushing through your house at 3am, check the leak and call a plumber at the first signs of water outside the tank.
3. Feel Water Temperature
Whether washing dishes or taking a shower, pay close attention to how long the water takes to heat up. If it takes longer each week, this may be an indication the heating element is malfunctioning and needs to be replaced.
The best thing you can do is schedule an annual preventative maintenance check so a professional can look closer at your water heater to make certain it is running effectively.
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