After installation, you want your electrical water heater to have a very long lifespan. After all, your hot water system is vital for the comfort and health of everyone in your home. Why not show it some love to keep it from failing unexpectedly?
Proper maintenance of your hot water system allows it to not only work efficiently but also to live longer. Here are 5 maintenance tips to increase your hot water system's lifespan.
#1 Inspect for Cracks or Wear and Tear. Select a suitable date after every maybe a month or two to check your hot water system thoroughly. Look through every part of the entire system, from top to bottom. Have an eye out for cracks and wear and tear. Evidence of this is leakage in any part of the system. This routine check-up only takes a very short time in terms of minutes, but it can easily save you from spending a fortune once the problem gets worse.
#2 Inspect the Relief Valve. One of the very first things you should do when you move into a house is know the type of hot water system you have. Read the manual and know its parts. Once you have studied it, make a habit of inspecting the relief valve as indicated on the manual. Failure to do so will cause it to fail in its job of relieving excess pressure from the system.
#3 Get Yearly Professional Inspections. As much as you may run normal inspections for your hot water systems, it is important to have a trained plumber inspect and service your hot water system. The professional can pinpoint any underlying potential issues before they become more serious, dangerous and expensive. The professional will also make sure your system is running efficiently.
#4 Turn It Off If You Travel for Long. If you travel for long, like for more than 2 or 3 weeks, make sure you turn your hot water system off. If you don't, it will be left heating your system as usual. It could cause your energy bills to be on the rise and reduce the lifespan of the hot water system.
#5 Adjust the Temperature. Monitor the temperature levels of the system, and if it is too hot or too cold, reduce or increase the water temperature to a tolerable level. It will help reduce scalding if the water is too hot and reduce the chances of bacterial survival in the water if it isn't hot enough. Increased heat can reduce the longevity of a hot water system.
Proper maintenance of your hot water system will cause fewer headaches if it breaks down inconveniently, reduce repair and replacement costs and overall stabilize your energy bills. It will also prevent accidents and incidences.