Keep Your Water Heater in Snellville in Tip-Top Shape
Who thinks about their water heater? Except when it stops working! There are several steps that homeowners can take to improve the life of a water heater. The tasks aren’t too complicated, but they can add years to the life of the heater, and that means more money in your pocket!
For each of these tips – your first step will be to shut off the water supply valve. Also, be careful when draining water, it will be hot!
- Test the Temperature Pressure Release (TPR) Valve – Place a bucket under the pipe that connects to the TPR. It could be on the top or side of the tank. Lift the tab to release some water and then let go. If the water continues to flow, you need to get a professional to replace the valve.
- Check/Replace the Anode – This is the piece of metal dangling in the heater that keeps the rest of the tank from rusting. The anode is usually made of aluminum and magnesium and costs about $30. To check it and replace, drain a small amount of water from the tank and then unscrew it from the top using a 1 1/16 inch socket ratchet. It is on the top of the water heater and shaped like a hexagon. Put Teflon tape on the top of the new rod and replace.
- Drain the Sediment from the tank – Drain the tank completely and then turn on the cold water supply briefly to flush out the sediment. Repeat until clean water comes out of the hose.
- Make a few adjustments to save on energy costs – You can lower the dial on the temperature gauge and insulate the pipes. Bonus tip: turn off the heater when you head out of town.
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More reading: Consumer Reports Water Heater Buying Guide