Waters heaters, let be it electric or gas-powered, like most mechanical equipment routine maintenance is needed to keep them working properly and longer. Without proper usage and maintenance, the machine or device will never reach its optimal performance, and its useful life and salvage value will be reduced. By following some straightforward and inexpensive procedures, you can increase your water heater’s efficiency, reduce energy bills and make it last longer.
Below are seven maintenance tips for water heaters that can be used for electric tankless water heaters or tank waters heaters.
1. Remove the Built-Up Sediments inside the Tank
It’s common to find sediments in or at the bottom of water heaters. These sediments that get deposited inside the tank reduce the performance of the heaters, requiring more time to heat the water. Removing the sediments from water heaters on a regular basis will heat up water quicker and increase the heater’s longevity.
2. Insulation of the Waters Heaters
Insulating your tank water heater with an insulation jacket will not only keep the water hot in the tank for longer but will also prevent the heat loss when the water heater is in standby mode. Thus lowering your energy costs and prevents heat loss.
3. Insulation of the Waters Heaters Pipes
Similar to insulating your tank water heater with an insulation jacket, the same technique can be used for the pipes of the water heater in both tank and tankless water heaters. This will reduce the heat loss when water flows through the pipes to your shower heads and faucets. This way you can use more hot water and the water heater will use less energy.
4. Run Your Tank’s Thermostat at Optimal Temperature
Most people set their thermostats in their water heaters at high temperatures. The thing is you don’t need high temperatures to heat water. Just adjust the temperature of the thermostat to low to mid range, and in most cases, it’s sufficient to heat up the water and provide plenty of it for showers and washing dishes. The thermostat will run on optimal temperature, and this will lower your electricity bills and increases the longevity of the water heater as well. However, this tip is only applicable for tank water heaters. For electric tankless water heaters, water can he heated instantaneously.
5. Monitor Your Tank’s Anode Rod for Corrosion
The anode rod in your heater is susceptible to corrosion by various chemical elements found in water. If unchecked and the anode rod isn’t replaced, the main water heater can be damaged from corrosion. It advised that you replace the anode rod inside the water heater after every five years. This will prevent the water heater from further corrosion and increase the longevity and performance of the water heater as well.
6. Install Water-Saving Shower Heads and Aerated Faucets
Change your conventional shower heads and faucets with water-saving shower heads and aerated faucets your bathroom and kitchen will reduce the flow of hot water. This will make the water heater to use more efficiently and last longer than expected.
7. Inspect Your Water Heaters Routinely
Most people are neglectful of their tank water heaters and forget them entirely as soon they have installed in at their basement or wall, in a case of electric tankless water heaters. So, they have no idea if something goes wrong, and when they find it, there is little that can do other than replace the whole unit completely or void their warranties. Water heaters even the best electric tankless water heaters or tank water heaters can be damaged because of complicated technical knowledge and procedures required to maintain and inspect them. So, it’s recommended to get the water heaters checked by a certified technician every two years.