At Repiping Professionals, we understand that your water heater will not last forever. Our Los Angeles technicians what homeowners to learn adequate maintenance techniques in order to get the most out of their water heaters before they expire. With proper water heater maintenance, you may be able to avoid breakdowns, reduce scaling, lower energy bills, and even increase the lifespan of your water heater.
The following are common ways to maintain your home’s water heater:
- Lower your water heater’s temperature. In most homes, the temperature setting of the water heater is set at 140°F. It’s important to understand that 140°F is hotter than necessary and isn’t the temperature setting you need to kill off specific bacteria. The ideal temperature is 120°F, which is enough to prevent bacteria from multiplying.
- Insulate your water heater. Another easy way to maintain a water heater is by insulation. Generic water heater covers or blankets are available to cover the entire system in order for less heat to escape, which means that the conserved energy can go towards actually heating the water.
If all else fails, contacting a professional technician is your best bet. He or she can inspect and maintain your water heater to ensure that your system is running at peak efficiency by flushing scale from the water heater, checking the temperature and pressure valve, inspecting the anode rode, and providing even more tips to properly maintain your particular water heater model.