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How to Extend the Life of Your Water Heater

Your water heater is an extremely important part of your household.  It works constantly to provide you and your family with hot water for showers and washing your clothes and dishes.  You might not think about your water heater very often, as it probably is out of sight in a basement or a utility closet, but you can do it a favor by giving it proper maintenance and extending its life as much as possible.  Here are several steps you can take to ensure your supply of hot water for years to come:


-Turn down the thermostat.  The U.S. Department of Energy recommends setting your water heater to 120˚F.  This will not only keep your heater from working overtime, but will also save you money in energy efficiency and reduce the amount of sediment that builds up inside the tank. 


-Purchase an insulation jacket.  This is a simple way to reduce radiant heat loss from your tank by 20-40%.  It’s especially important if you have an older hot water heater that doesn’t have much insulation of its own.


-Purchase water efficient shower heads and faucets.  This will reduce your water usage altogether, and will keep your hot water heater from having to work overtime to keep up with water demands.


-Insulate your hot water pipes.  This will keep the water nice and warm on its way through the house to your shower, and you won’t be tempted to crank up the temperature on the heater’s thermostat.


-Keep up with yearly maintenance.  Draining your hot water heater once a year will clean out the sediment that accumulates inside the tank.  This sediment can create an insulating layer between the burner and the water, forcing the burner to work harder and fail sooner.  This is one place you don’t want insulation.  Sediment can also clog valves or get into your water lines.  It’s best to have a professional plumber inspect and maintain your hot water heater.  Stop by A&W Plumbing’s Facebook page for an exclusive coupon on your next inspection.


As you can see, providing your hot water heater with proper maintenance is simple.  It will save you money in energy costs and by prolonging a new purchase.  Your water heater works hard for you, so it’s time to give a little something back.  Give A&W Plumbing and Heating a call to service your water heater today!