Water Heater Maintenance Tips to Extend the Life of Your System

Control The Temperature Setting

Set your water heater temperature no higher than 12 degrees for maximum efficiency. A higher value can reduce efficiency and increase the chance of sunburn.

Provide Insulation

Wrap your water heater in an insulating blanket to help improve performance and reduce heat loss in standby mode.

Give It Space

Be sure to keep 2 feet of space around the unit.

Take Care When on Vacation

Use the "vacation" setting on your water heater when you're out of town, which keeps the pilot light on without heating the water.

Install a Water Softner

This helps prevent unnecessary wear and tear on the water heater caused by mineral deposits.

Maintain The PT valve

Replace the pressure and temperature(PT) valve on your hot water heater every three years to protect it from extreme pressure and temperature.

Tune It Up

Don't forget to schedule your water heater's annual tune-up. Your plumber should check the pressure relief valve, drain the tank to remove any sediment if necessary, inspect the tank and connections for rust, wear or corrosion, and replace the worm gear anode rods.

Find A Trusted Water Heater Repair Professional to Keep on Hand

If any of these Tips occur, contact a professional water heater technician. Trying to manage repairs yourself can incur unnecessary costs if something goes wrong.