Optimizing the Lifespan of Your Electric Water Heater: 3 Effective Strategies

Your electric water heater is one of the most important appliances in your home. It keeps you warm, keeps your dishes clean, and helps you get clean when you’re feeling dirty!

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The problem is that most individuals don’t realize that they need to do a few simple things to keep their water heater running strong. Here are three things you can do to maximize the life of your electric water heater:

1. Check the Pressure Relief Valve

Excess pressure in the tank is relieved using pressure relief valves. They are usually found on top of the water heater and can be identified by a small knob or lever. If you see steam or water coming out of it, it’s likely that this valve is defective and needs to be replaced. However, if you don’t see any signs of leaks or damage, it is probably fine as long as it is tested properly during an inspection.

The pressure relief valve is a safety feature that prevents dangerous pressure buildups inside the tank. Over time, this valve may become clogged or corroded, which can cause it to malfunction. If you notice any discoloration or rust around this valve, it’s probably time for an inspection by a professional plumber.

2. Insulate the Water Heater and Pipes

Insulating your water heater helps keep it at a consistent temperature and reduces energy use. Insulation can also prevent damage from freezing temperatures if you live in an area where that happens during the winter months. Insulating them also helps protect them from excessive heat gain during hot summer days, leading to overheating problems that shorten their lifespan.

Insulating them is easy. Just use insulation foam and duct tape. Cut the foam board to fit your tank and tape it around the outside using duct tape, so there are no gaps. Contact a professional for help with this project. They can apply insulation in various ways based on its location and type.

3. Flush Water From the Tank Every Year

As the water in your electric tank heats up, it can develop deposits on the sides of the tank. These deposits are called scale, and they can build up over time. This buildup can cause your hot water to take longer to heat up and may even cause it to stop heating completely.

To prevent this buildup, you should clean out your tank at least once a year by flushing out all the water from inside it. You can do this by turning off your power and opening one faucet at a time in your house. It is important to leave one faucet open for several minutes after each flush so that any remaining water flows out of your system.

Contact Miller Plumbing for Water Heater Maintenance

Maintenance is another important consideration. Like water heater installation and replacement, water heater maintenance must be performed regularly by Miller Plumbing & Drainage Ltd. Professional engagement ensures quality and safety for owners and helps extend the life of the water heater.

We strive to deliver outstanding customer service, a thorough analysis of your needs, and a knowledge of your goals. We feel this relationship works when we understand you and are a resource for your plumbing needs. Our team of Vancouver electric water heater specialists can help you make informed decisions about your plumbing repairs and maintenance.