Facing unexpected water heater breakdowns and costly repairs can be both inconvenient and expensive, especially when trying to save money.
As usual, we are here to help you maximize your home or business’s water heater’s life. We have the expertise and tips to ensure your water heater stays in the best shape, saving you both money and stress.
Professional help is the first and most crucial step in any water heater plan. Be sure you schedule regular professional check-ups for your water heater. A skilled residential or commercial plumber can see those tiny, insignificant issues before they become major problems that cost hundreds or thousands of dollars to fix.
Contrary to popular belief, your water heater does not need to run at a constant maximum temperature 24/7.
At Yoder, we recommend that you lower the thermostat to 120°F for the best efficiency. This will reduce wear and tear, saving both money and energy. So, not too hot and not too cold!
Sediment builds up over time in your water heater, eventually reducing efficiency. We know it’s hard to remember to do this when you have other things to worry about, but plan an annual check-up by flushing out the tank thoroughly. This prevents corrosion and keeps your heater running smoothly.
Your water heater’s anode rod is fantastic and performs well. Its main objective is to prevent rust in your tank. It takes care of you, so you should take care of it. Regular checks and replacing them when needed, usually every 2-3 years, will do wonders.
Consider installing a water softener if you property is in an area with hard water. Hard water can lead to mineral deposits in your water heater, reducing efficiency and causing clogs in your drains, sewers, etc. Soften up the water, and your water heater will thank you!
Adjust the Heating Schedule
Invest in a timer or smart thermostat for your water heater. By doing this, you can program it to heat water only when you need it, which, in the long run, saves energy and extends its life. It is both smart and thrifty!
Even the best-maintained water heaters will eventually reach the end of their lifespan; it is inevitable. When repairs become frequent and costly, it is time to consider a new, energy-efficient model.
Ensuring you care for your water heater is practical but can also help lower the bills. Treat your home or business’s water heater well; it will always reward you by doing exactly what you need it to do. A little maintenance today can lead to a longer and more efficient life for your water heater. Let Yoder Plumbing be your trusted guide to water heater longevity!