Performing preventative maintenance on your water heater is essential in extending its lifespan and avoiding costly repairs in the future. Following a few simple tips can play a key role in improving its efficiency and longevity.

#1 Check the Anode Rod

The easiest way to check the anode rod is to drain the tank by letting out a few gallons of water. You can unscrew the rod with a 1 1/16-inch socket. If the rod is coated with calcium or is less than 1/2 inch thick, it may be time to buy a new one.

#2 Drain the Tank

Another key maintenance tip is to drain the tank and wash out sediment that builds up over time. You can stir up the sediment near the bottom of the tank by briefly turning on the cold-water supply valve. Continue to drain the tank until clean water comes out of the hose.

#3 Adjust the Temperature

Adjusting the temperature of your water heater is always a good idea if you plan on being away from home for more than three days. You can save approximately 5% in energy costs by lowering the temperature for every 10 degrees. Ultimately, these savings can quickly add up over time.

Following these preventative maintenance tips is vital in extending the lifespan of your water heater and avoiding repair costs. Contacting an experienced HVAC company is always a great idea if you need professional maintenance or more detailed service. The expert technicians at Affordable Service always provide quality service at an affordable price. Reach out to us today to get your next service scheduled.