Summary: If you follow these tips on maintenance from Payless Water Heaters, your water heater will last for many years to come.
One of the biggest advantages to buying a water heater from Payless Water Heaters is that your tank comes with a full warranty. Obviously you don’t want your tank to malfunction, but the added security helps give customers a sense of security. Of course, Payless has a series of tips designed to keep your water heater running at peak efficiency. Follow these maintenance tips, and you will have a working water heater for many years.
The Department of Energy recommends that you maintain your water heater at about 120 degrees. As many heaters come preset to 140, so it’s necessary to make this adjustment. You want to be careful not to lower your temperature by too much so that you can reduce the minerals that may build up in your pipes.
Install low-flow plumbing fixtures like faucets and shower heads. This reduces your water consumption at home, by some estimates as much as 60%. Setting your dish washer to the “economy” setting will help you get rid of dirty dishes en masse without pre-washing or wasting water. Just remember to scrape your plates clean before you use the washer.
Drain the sediment
Water heaters will build up sediment as water flows through the tank and into the pipes. Locate the drainage valve (typically at the base of your heater) and drain the water. If your heater is in the basement, make sure there is a drain located close so the water won’t pool. A bucket will do in most situations where there is no drain present. Blockages in the system dramatically decrease the performance of your water heater, and may impact your warranty or create a need for maintenance.
The biggest concern to look out for is pipes that line walls without insulation. This is especially common in the basement, where exposed pipes might run up alongside a brick wall that won’t keep heat. Under normal circumstances, these pipes will keep water flowing. Under extreme temperatures you risk any standing water freezing and expanding, which causes extensive water damage when they burst. Insulation is shaped like a pipe, but thicker. There is a slit down the middle so you can easily slip them over the pipes, and they are affordable too. Insulating your pipes also saves money, as water temperature is retained.
None of these tips are too difficult to do your own, but a technician can certainly help make arrangements for your home.