The average life expectancy of a water heater is approximately 13 years. While it is a relatively low-maintenance appliance, there are some steps you can take to optimize its heating efficiency, reduce your energy bills, and prolong its lifespan. Get the most out of your water heater with these tips below:

Adjust the Thermostat and Burner

Reduce the strain on your system (and lower your utility bills) by turning down the temperature on thermostat to 120 degrees Fahrenheit—hot enough for all of your needs, but not enough to scald. If you have a gas unit, then also take care to clean off the burner. And remember that propane should burn blue under ideal conditions. If you see an orange flame, it’s time to have it inspected by a professional plumber.

Examine the Sacrificial Anode Rod

Storage water heaters have a sacrificial anode rod inside the tank to prevent rust. This rod is usually made of magnesium or aluminum and is designed to corrode in place of the steel pipes and lining. Have this rod checked every three to five years.

Flush the Tank to Remove Sediment

Flush the water heater tank at least once a year to remove sediment and maintain optimal heating efficiency. You can do this by shutting off the water supply, hooking up a garden hose to the drain valve, and letting the tank empty—but be careful, as the water will be hot. When the tank is completely drained, turn on the water supply again and let it run until it’s clear.

Check Pressure Relief Valve

The pressure relief valve is an important safety device that prevents too much pressure from building up inside the water heater. Check this device by manually lifting the level and listening for drainage, then letting it snap back into place. If you don’t hear any signs of drainage, have it professionally inspected immediately.

At Delta Plumbing, we carry a wide range of water heaters for every budget, and our licensed plumbers can provide you with free consultation and quote for water heater repairs or replacements in Atlanta. Call (678) 228-8810 to schedule service or to learn more about our residential and commercial plumbing services.

Tips for Maintaining Your Water Heater