All homes with running hot water have a hot water heater that makes it all possible. Hot water heaters, like any appliance, have a limited lifespan. How long your hot water heater will last depends on a variety of factors including where you live, how often you use your water heater, the type of water heater you have, and how well-maintained your hot water heater is. The average homeowner has no idea they should be doing anything on a regular basis to maintain their water heater but consistent maintenance can make all the difference in prolonging the lifespan of your hot water heater as well as the quality of functionality. Below, we take a closer look at the top 3 hot water heater maintenance tips to get optimal performance and lifespan from your heater.

3 Water Heater Maintenance Tips

 Adjust the Thermostat

Adjusting your water heater thermostat by even one or two degrees – something you are unlikely to even notice – can not only save you money on your bills each month, but it also reduces how hard your heater has to work, thus extending the heater’s overall lifespan.

Check the Pressure Release Valve

The pressure release valve is located on the top or side of your water heater. When you lift the valve, it should release some water, if it doesn’t release water, the valve needs to be replaced.

Drain the Tank

Sediment tends to gather in the tank of your water heater as time goes on and it heats more water. That sediment buildup makes it harder for your water heater to work which reduces the lifespan so it is a good idea to drain it, or have it professionally drained, once per year.