When people say, “Paul, you talk funny.” I say, “I’m from England, I think you talk funny.” And when they say, “My old water heater lasted 30 years, why do the new ones only last 12?” I say, “They don’t make ’em like they used to.”
Now, when people say, “Is there anything I can do to extend the lifespan of my water heater?” I tell them, “Why yes, yes there is.”
4 Ways to Increase the Lifespan of a Water Heater
- Check the water pressure. Manufacturers recommend that system pressure not exceed 80 pounds per square inch (PSI). If your system pressure is greater than 70PSI, put in a pressure regulating valve.
- Schedule an annual flush. As water heats and cools, mineral deposits and rust particles from older piping accumulates to form sediment. Sediment causes inefficiency, reduced capacity, and can lead to a leak. Flushing a water heater annually not only removes the sediment from the water heater, it is one of the best ways to lengthen its lifespan.
- Install an expansion tank. The water in a tank expands and contracts continuously throughout the day as it heats up and cools down. An expansion tank is essentially a balloon that expands and contracts with the water to ease the pressure on the water heater.If you have an old boiler/heating system, be prepared in case it fails. Or if you want to make your home warmer for relatives.
- Replace the anode rod. Inside all water heaters is an anode rod that attracts corrosive elements in the water, but when the rod corrodes it can no longer do its job, which causes the tank to rust and eventually leak.
Get in touch today if you’d like to schedule a water heater inspection and pressure test. All month long we’re offering free inspections and discounts on anode rods and flushes. Plus, we’ll even provide a free expansion tank with the purchase of a new water heater.
A failing water heater can mean a cold shower or it can mean a room full of water. Don’t wait to see what your heater will do, give Big Blue a call today.