Homeowners in the Phoenix and Scottsdale areas know that the climate here can be pretty brutal. It can be extremely hot during summer days and downright chilly over winter nights. These temperature differences can make it difficult to maintain your water heater year-round. The key to keeping your water heater functioning properly is to develop a maintenance plan that suits the needs of your home.
Steps to Maintain Your Water Heater
Even if you’re not a professional plumber, you can still care for your water heater. Follow these tips, and you can rest assured you’re doing everything in your power to extend the life of your unit:
- Maintain a set temperature. Most experts suggest you set your hot water heater’s thermostat to 120 degrees and leave it there. Changing the temperature doesn’t just affect the lifespan of your water heater, it can also lead to burns.
- Gas water heaters last about 10 years, while electric ones can last up to 15. If you have an older unit that’s not ready for updating, insulate it with a fiberglass jacket. This will enable it to reach peak efficiency.
- Unless your owner’s manual specifically states otherwise, you should keep a two foot radius around the water heater completely clear. Not only will clutter make your water heater work harder, it’s also a fire hazard.
- Drain your tank regularly. If you remove a quarter of the water from your water heater a few times a year, your unit will reward you with clearer water. It may even make your water heater run more quietly.
- If you’re planning on leaving town for more than a day or two, set your unit to its vacation setting. Vacation settings keep the pilot light lit without actually heating any water, which means lower energy bills for you!
Wolff Mechanical, Inc. wants to help make your Central Arizona home as comfortable as possible. Give us a call today to find out the best way to maintain your water heater.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Phoenix Valley area of Arizona about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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