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Caring for Your Hot Water Heater

You probably don’t think much about your hot water heater. That is, of course, until you’re left taking a cold shower and having to boil water to wash dishes. Fortunately, with simple routine maintenance, you can help your hot water heater live into its 8-year life expectancy!

Set the Temperature

The ideal temperature for a hot water heater is 120ºF. At this temperature, you’ll help to avoid scalding. Plus, if the heater had been set higher, you’ll enjoy a 5% energy savings for every 10º lower you move the thermostat!

Once a year, quickly discharge the temperature pressure-relief valve to test it. Following that, look for small leaks from the valve. This is a safety device, and should be checked if you are having problems.

Keep It Clear

Typically, your hot water heater lives hidden in a closet or in the corner of the garage. There it’s largely forgotten as it hides behind boxes of holiday decorations and old high-school yearbooks.

Don’t hide it too much! It’s suggested that you maintain a clearance of two feet around the heater, unless the manufacturer specifically states otherwise.

Examine the Sacrificial Anode Rod

It’s a funny name, but it actually makes a bit of sense given that the sacrificial anode rod takes on a job to save the hot water heater.

Every three years have the sacrificial anode rod checked by a professional as it is hard to remove and reinstall yourself. You’ll know it’s time to replace the anode rod when more than 6 inches of the core steel wire is exposed, the rod is less than ½ inch thick, or the rod is coated with calcium.

A sacrificial anode rod’s role is important as it draws electric currents that occur as the water is heated. Protecting your water heater and helping it live longer. Seems like a good sacrifice to make!

Conserve Energy

When you go on vacation, be sure to let your hot water heater take a break as well! Just switch the thermostat to “vacation” mode, which keeps the pilot light on but doesn’t heat the water. If you have an electric water heater, then you can simply turn the breaker off.

Make yourself a reminder to turn it back on when you return or you’ll be in for a cold awakening!

Call the Professionals

With something as important as the health, comfort and safety of your family at stake, call for backup! The experts at Forrest Anderson know all about what is needed to keep your hot water heater working for years to come!

If you want to check for how old your water heater is, give Forrest Anderson a call! Tell them the make, model, and serial number of your unit and they will be able to date it for you.

Proper maintenance leads to a longer life, saving you more money in the long run. Wouldn’t you like to not have to worry about your hot water heater?

Contact Forrest Anderson Today!

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