Maintaining Your Water Heater: Essential Tips for Longevity and Efficiency
Maintaining your water heater is a must! To ensure its longevity and optimal performance, regular
maintenance is crucial. Follow these steps for reliable hot water for your daily needs.
Traditional Tank Water Heater
Flushing: Over time, sediments and minerals can accumulate at the bottom of your water heater tank,
reducing its efficiency and potentially causing damage. To prevent this, it is recommended to flush the
tank at least once a year. Start by turning off the power supply or gas to the heater. Connect a garden
hose to the drain valve at the bottom of the tank and direct it to a suitable drain or outside. Open the
valve and allow the water to flow until it runs clear, removing any sediment build-up.
Anode Rod Inspection: The anode rod is a metal rod that helps protect the interior of the tank from
corrosion. It attracts hard water deposits and prevents calcium buildup on the walls. Regularly checking
and replacing the anode rod is essential for maintaining your water heater's lifespan. The inner rod
should be replaced every four years at a minimum, but if you have a water conditioning system that
uses salt, it should be replaced every year.
Pressure Relief Valve: The pressure relief valve is a crucial safety feature that prevents excessive
pressure from building up inside the tank. Water inside the tank is heated 6 to 15 times a day creating
pressure. It is important to test this valve annually to ensure it is functioning correctly. First, turn off the
power supply or gas to the heater. Locate the pressure relief valve, usually on the side or top of the
tank, and lift the lever briefly to allow some water to flow out. If the valve doesn't release water or
continues to leak afterward, it may be faulty and requires replacement. We suggest replacing every four
Home Water Pressure: High water pressure can put undue stress on your water heater and plumbing
system, leading to leaks or burst pipes. Check your home's water pressure using a pressure gauge
attached to an outdoor spigot or a pressure gauge installed near the water meter. The ideal water
pressure for most homes is between 40 and 60 pounds per square inch (psi). If the pressure exceeds this
range, consider installing a pressure-reducing valve to protect your water heater and plumbing.
Tankless Water Heater Needs Maintenance Too!
When well-maintained, a tankless water heater should last up to 25 years IF properly maintained. A
flush kit is required, and solution is pumped through to remove any excess sediment and mineral
deposits. The filter which prevents debris from entering the unit should be checked and cleaned.
For either system, checking for leaks and proper ventilation that is not obstructed if gas-powered, is
If you are unsure about any maintenance steps, feel free to contact us! We can guide you through the
process. Remember, a well-maintained water heater is an investment in the comfort and convenience of