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Tips To Extend The Life Of Your Water Heater

Most homeowners in Dayton and across the country give little thought to their home’s water heater until there is an issue. We are all used to turning on a faucet and having all the hot water we need for bathing, cleaning, or other uses. So when you turn that handle and discover only cold water, you are annoyed and then very concerned at the thought of life without hot water, even for a day or two. If only you had known the simple ways to add years to the life of your water heater and avoid the cost and hassle of replacing it so soon.

It Only Takes A Minute Or Two

The best thing you can provide for your water heater is a little attention each month. All that is required is a fast visual inspection to be sure that there are no issues brewing. First, look around the water heater as you approach it. Air circulation is vital for your water heater to avoid overheating and potentially starting a fire. Ensure that nothing has been stacked or stored too close to the unit. Be especially careful about combustible items like cardboard boxes, paper bags, and anything cloth that might ignite easily. Move anything within three feet of the water heater.

Next, look near the water heater base for any signs of a leak. It could be a small puddle or an area that could have been wet but has dried. Remember, the water that could have dripped there was hot and might dry quickly. Also, examine the water heater’s exterior for drips or signs that there was a slight leak. The exterior finish of the water heater should be smooth and free of any bubbles, corrosion, or rust.

Finally, examine all the valves and piping around the water heater for indications of rust, corrosion, or damage. Even a small amount of dusty white corrosion is an indication that there is mineral buildup inside the lines or fittings that could result in a leak. Spotting any of these issues early offers the best potential for a successful and affordable repair.

Spring Cleaning For Your Water Heater

When the weather warms up, it is a great time to show some love to the water heater that served you well all winter. With proper care and an annual drain and flush, a typical traditional water heater will last between 10 and 12 years. But without this essential service, you will be lucky to see a decade of service from your water heater before it begins to leak and create other costly issues in your home.

So add draining and flushing your water heater to your spring cleaning list to remove the sediment and minerals that have settled to the bottom of the tank. It will extend the unit’s life and provide more economical hot water when sediment is removed from the heating element.

If you discover any signs of trouble with your water heater, call (937) 749-7097 for service from the licensed plumbers at Buckeye Plumbing & Property Solutions.