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Is there a way to extend the life of my water heater?

ABSOLUTELY, WITH A 2-STEP ANNUAL MAINTENANCE PLAN:

Water heaters are one of those appliances we rely upon every day. Whether gas or electric, they are generally dependable. Water heaters generally last for 8-12 years or more and with this simple 2-step annual maintenance plan you can extend the life of your water heater even further and save money in the process.

By following this easy 5 minute, 2-step annual maintenance plan, you can significantly extend the life of your water heater:

  • Turn Down the Temperature

  • Do a Flush
  • First Check your water heater temperature setting:

  • Go to the temperature setting dial on your water heater. It will be a knob on the gas valve or a thermostat behind an electric water heater panel.

  • Turn the temperature setting down so it is between 115 to 120 degrees F.

  • This temperature setting will protect the tank from overheating and will reduce the energy used to heat the water.
  • Removal of sediments from the bottom of the tank is important to prevent rust, corrosion and improve efficiency. A full water heater tank flush is best.

  • Hook a hose to the drain valve found near the bottom of the tank and discharge the water into a safe place.

  • Some drain valves have a handle. Others have a short handle-less stem with a slot for a flat blade screwdriver.
  • Turn the valve counter-clockwise to release a few gallons of water into the safe place you have chosen.

  • Close the valve by turning it clockwise.

  • If you find your water heater has a plastic drain valve, have your water heater replaced immediately. Plastic drain valves are the number 1 source of water heater flooding.
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