When it comes to owning a home, there’re a few key players that can never be ignored: the refrigerator, the AC, washer and dryer, the breaker, and of course, the water heater. No doubt the water heater plays a vital role in you and your family’s hygiene, comfort, and contentment. Some neglect the proper care of their water heater and then wonder why it fails them. But that will not be you because you’re reading this blog. Below are the essential steps to take for maintaining your water heat and ensuring clean, steamy water for the years and years.
The Proper Temperature
First and foremost, you should set your water heater to the proper temperature setting. Hopefully the company that installed your water heater set it at the proper temperature—Parker and Sons always does. But for those dealing with amateurs, you might want to check to make sure your water heater is set at 1200F. Some unscrupulous plumbing companies will set it at 1400F, which is not only a waste of energy, but a safety hazard.
Many are oblivious as to what an anode rod actually is. Basically, without it, your water heater would be useless. It protects the lining of your water heater so the main pipe can evade eroding. For without an anode rod, your mail line would immediately corrode.
Don’t Forget to Flush
As plumbers we hear this often in our line of work. But, not within the context you assume. Flushing your water heater could be the single most important procedure for ensuring optimal water heater performance. This should be done by a professional about every two years.