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How to maintain your water heater

  1. Regularly inspect the water heater for any signs of leaks or corrosion. If you notice any issues, it's essential to address them promptly to prevent further damage.

  2. Every few months, test the temperature and pressure relief valve. Lift the lever slightly and allow some water to discharge to ensure it's functioning correctly.

  3. Check the anode rod annually and replace it if necessary. The anode rod protects the tank from rusting, and a worn-out rod may result in corrosion.

  4. Flush the water heater tank annually to remove sediment buildup. This will help maintain its efficiency and prolong its lifespan.

  5. Insulate the hot water pipes and the tank if they lack proper insulation. This can help reduce heat loss and improve energy efficiency.

  6. Keep the area around the water heater clean and clear of any debris or flammable materials to ensure safe operation.

  7. Regularly monitor the temperature settings to avoid overheating or wasting energy. The recommended temperature is usually around 120°F (49°C).

  8. If you notice any unusual noises, changes in water temperature, or a decrease in hot water supply, call a professional HVAC technician to inspect and resolve the issue.

Remember, proper maintenance will not only ensure the water heater's longevity but also help you save on energy costs and prevent potential safety hazards.

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