Do you want to keep your water heater stay longer and work more efficiently for a longer period of time? Before changing your water heater unit and spend lots of money in your purchase and installation, try these easy and inexpensive ways to increase a water heater’s operating efficiency and longevity.
Basically, taking care of your water heater involves adding insulation and setting the temperature.
These steps should be done in a more regular basis. Flushing the tank and checking the anode rod are tasks that you can do annually. When you add insulation to your water heater unit, you can reduce the chances of heat loss for up to 45 percent. This also leads to saving as much as 9 percent of water-heating costs. Flushing sediments from the tank improves the efficiency of your water heater unit to produce heat easily and thus consume minimum levels of energy. Installing a viable anode rod in the tank is also a smart way to prevent the inside of the water heater to rust out thus increasing the longevity of the water heater. Here are more tips to increase your water heater’s efficiency and longevity. Test the TPR valve examining its power supply as well as the valve’s pressure to hold and let go of water. Check the anode rod by putting a hose to the tank’s drain cock and letting out a few gallons of water. Also, drain the tank from remaining sediments by briefly opening the cold-water supply valve. Repeat the process until clean water comes out of the hose. Adjust the temperature of the heater to 120 degrees using a flathead screwdriver. As you lower the temperature to 10 degrees, you can expect to save up to 5 percent in energy costs. You should also check the insulation pipes. And lastly, insulate the heater to conserve energy.