There’s nothing quite like running a hot bath, or taking a long hot shower after a hard day. Hot water is not only a great comfort, and a great means to help you get squeaky clean, but also necessary to run some of your most valued appliances like your washer and dishwasher. So, what do you do when your water heater either goes out, or you start to notice your once hot water is now only lukewarm? To avoid this situation, consider the following tips that will help extend the life of your water heater.
Clean your Tank
After years of use, water heaters accumulate sediment and other forms of build up. When the sediment builds up, it can affect the way your water heater works. In order to keep your water heater running smoothly, either clean or flush your tank regularly.
Install a PVR Valve
A PRV valve (pressure regulating valve) will help moderate the wear and tear on both your water heater and your water-using appliances. The PVR valve works by making sure your water pressure doesn’t get too high. This is a great way to extend the life of your water heater.
Get a Water Softener
There really is a huge difference between hard and soft water. Hard water has a very high mineral content that is extremely hard on appliances. Soft water is a quick solution to reduce the wear and tear that result from water with a high mineral content.
Properly Maintain your Water Heater
Some people think that you can buy your water heater and let it sit until it breaks. Most water heaters will eventually break, but you can prolong that situation by years if you simply take steps to properly maintain your water heater.
For more information on how to maintain your water heater, contact us today at Kirkland and Shaw.