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5 Ways to Extend Your Water Heater’s Useful Life

by Marquette Turner Luxury Homes

in How to, Variety

Hot water has become as essential a part of life as electricity or even your cell phone. Unfortunately most people take their water heater for granted until it stops working. 

The average hot water heater will last between 8 and 12 years; it doesn’t matter what they are made of at some point they will develop a leak. The real question then is how big the hole is and do you know how to shut the water off to your house? If you don’t then your home may be flooded before NSW Hot Water can get to you!

Take the right steps today to extend your water heater’s life and ensure you’re ready when it does need replacing:

  1. Anode Rod

The anode rod goes inside the hot water tank. It is made of soft metal which makes it a more attractive to corrosion that the sides of your tank. 

Because the rods will corrode instead of the tank; this will extend the life of your tank. Most tanks come with one rod but by adding a second you can extend the life of your tank by several years. You will need to monitor them and replace the rods before they are completely eaten by corrosion.

  • Expansion Tank

If your current hot water system is closed then the water has nowhere to go when it heats up. Unfortunately hot water has a higher pressure than cold water; if your tank is working hard and often sees hot and cold water then it will be subject to a wide range of pressures from the inside.

In short this pressure will stress your system and can cause the tank and your pipes to fail. 

  • Flush Your System

Debris from your pipes, bits in the water and flakes of corrosion will all collect at the bottom of your tank. Unfortunately this sediment will make it harder for your tank to heat the water efficiently. This places strain on your water heater which will shorten its life.

In addition the debris can get into your pipes and potentially causing a blockage. This could give you a burst pipe or even cause your water heater to spring a leak; which may result in a lot of water inside your house that you don’t want.

  • Water Softener

Hard water is full of metals and minerals. These are the substances that are responsible for corrosion inside your tank. A good way of reducing the effects of these minerals is to actually remove them from the water. 

To do this you will need to add a water softener into your water system before the water heater.

  • Pressure Regulating Valve

The fifth way to extend your water heater is to check your water pressure. High pressure will place your pipes, joints and the water heater under stress; which can lead to the premature failure of your water heater.

You can avoid this and extend the life of your water heater by adding a pressure relief valve and reducing the pressure of the water entering your tank.

In fact this can benefit all the appliances in your home.

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