How To Extend The Life Of Your Hot Water Heater

Posted by in Plumbing Tips, on February 10, 2017

Hot water heaters are made to last 10-12 years as is but if you want that time to be fully reached, or expanded, below are a few tips on how to extend the life of your hot water heater.

1. Drain your hot water heater once a year.

Many new hot water heaters already have this capability built in but older ones typically do not. Flushing your hot water heater once a year will help prevent sediment build-up.

2. Replace your anode rod.

Your anode rod in your hot water heater prevents rusting and corrosion. Typically, this rod itself will erode a year or two before your heater warranty is over. Once eroded, rust sets in and then the heater begins eroding. To extend the life of your heater a few more years, replace this rod every 3-4 years. It can be purchased for $20-30 and replaced yourself. 

3. Install a water alarm.

A water alarm will notify you if your heater has sprung a leak. This is a great idea because when leaks happen you want to take care of them as soon as possible to prevent any further damage.

4. Install earthquake straps.

If you live in an area prone to earthquakes double check if your heater is strapped in. Usually, this is done during installation in at-risk areas but, if not, this is a wise preventative step.

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