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


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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