About a year ago, I realized that there were a few things that I needed to do around the house to make my place feel more like a home. For starters, I knew that I needed to replace the carpet, since it was damaged from years of use. Unfortunately, I knew that I didn't have the skills to take care of things on my own, so I turned to a team of professional contractors. They were incredible to work with, and even taught me how to create a great construction environment for my team. After the project was done, I knew that I wanted to make a blog about creating a positive construction environment.
Your home's water heater doesn't require a lot of maintenance to function. However, performing the following tasks can extend the life of your water heater and keep it going for longer than if you had left the water heater alone.
Maintain the Lowest Comfortable Setting
The higher the setting on your water heater, the harder your appliance must work to maintain a good water temperature. If the setting is needlessly high, this can shorten the life of your heater by burning out the heating elements. Keeping a lower temperature on your water heater puts less pressure on the internal heating elements.
When you change the temperature on your water heater, try lowering it in small increments and give a few days in between changes to ensure that you're comfortable with each new setting.
Insulate Your Hot Water Pipes and Hot Water Heater
Insulating your plumbing--specifically, your hot water pipes--will help keep the water warm after it exits the water heater. This will deliver warm water to the faucet more quickly, reducing your hot water usage and ultimately reducing the work load for the hot water heater. In addition, insulating the hot water heater will help maintain the temperature in the tank without excessive use of the heating elements.
Plumbing insulation can be installed easily as a DIY project; just purchase self-adhesive pipe insulation from a local hardware store or home improvement center. Cut down the pipe insulation to the right size and fit it over every hot water pipe you can access.
Water heater insulation is best installed by a plumbing expert because installing the product incorrectly on the water heater can be a fire hazard.
Drain the Sediment
Your home's water likely contains small pieces of sediment that can build up in the bottom of your water heater over time. When the sediment builds up in the bottom of your heater, this blocks the heating elements, which forces the heater to work harder over time. Draining the sediment on a regular basis can help keep your heater functioning efficiently for many years to come.
To drain the sediment in the bottom of the heater, turn off the water supply to the water heater and open a hot water faucet in your home. Next, hook up a hose to the spigot at the bottom of the water heater. Aim the hose into a bucket or into a sewer drain, then open the spigot and allow the water to drain until the water runs clear. Be careful, however--the water coming out of your water heater will be very warm!
For more information, contact Lewis Plumbing or a similar company.Share
10 June 2016