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Tips to Maintain Your Water Heater

Replacing your water heater can become expensive. But luckily there are easy and inexpensive ways to increase the longevity and efficiency of your water heater. There are a couple things that you will only need to do once like insulating your water heater and setting the temperature. Other things like flushing your tank out and checking the TPR valve are required annually.

Check TPR Valve

The temperature pressure relief valve is something that is very important to check each year. Start by shutting off the power and cold water supply valve. Place a bucket under the valve and let all the water out. It shouldn’t keep flowing, but if it does, then you will need to install a new valve. This is when you m ay have to look to hire one of the Mesa plumbers.

Flush Sediment

Something that also needs to be done annually is the flushing out of sediment in your tank. Start by draining the water out of the tank into a bucket. Then, stir up the sediment at the bottom of the tank. Briefly open the cold-water supply valve to drain and repeat this process until the water that comes out of the hose is clean, then refill your tank.

One-time Fixes

There are a couple things that you only need to do once to make a difference with your water heater. Adjusting the temperature could cut costs up to 5 percent. It is best to turn the temperature dial down to about 120 degree Fahrenheit. And if you are going to be away for a while, turn your temperature down even lower. Insulating your water heater can reduce heat loss up to 45 percent and shave 7 percent off costs. Use an insulation blanket to fit around the pipes and TPR valve, then wrap the side of the tank and use foil tape to seal up any cuts. Keep in mind and always remember to never cover the top of gas or oil heaters.

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