Our experts at Simpson Plumbing want to pass onto our loyal customers some plumbing tips and tricks to help keep various home appliances working better for longer. Follow our advice and you’ll be saving yourself grief and money that would otherwise be spent on costly repairs.
- Keep the area around it clear. You should give your water heater room to breathe for several reasons. First of all, anything near or touching the water heater is a potential fire hazard, since the water heater gets very hot. Second, if your water heater springs a leak, you need to be able to visually see it and not have the water hidden behind old boxes. Lastly, your water heater needs oxygen in order to function, since it is gas powered. Anything too close to your water heater can lead to dangerous carbon monoxide leaks or worse.
- Drain the tank annually. We say annually, but it should be done at least once a year or more frequently. Sediment and rust build up inside your water heater, reducing its efficiency. Attach garden hose to the drain valve and drain off a few gallons (or the entire tank) into the gutter.
- Keep it at the right temperature. Your water heater should be set to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Anything hotter and you’ll have scalding water, which is a health hazard, and you’ll also be putting unnecessary stress on your water heater. The hotter the temperature, the more your unit has to work to keep it there.
- Insulate the pipes. This is an easy DIY project that can save you money. Purchasing foam insulation for your water heater pipes helps keep a stable temperature, which means your water heater has to work less and will wear out more slowly.
- Invest in preventative maintenance. It’s never too late to enroll in a preventative maintenance plan for your water heater. Our techs will perform routine checkups to ensure that your water heater is running smoothly for as long as possible.