How to Extend the Lifespan of Your Water Heater


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The Arizona sun might keep Mesa warm and sunny for most of the year, but when the temperatures dip, a reliable water heater is essential for comfortable showers, laundry, and dishwashing. Unfortunately, water heaters don’t last forever. The good news is that by following some simple maintenance tips, Mesa residents can extend their water heater’s lifespan, saving them the hassle (and expense) of a premature water heater replacement and ensuring they always have hot water on demand.

Fight Sediment Buildup

Mesa’s hard water might be the reason why you keep needing water heater repair in Mesa, AZ. Minerals can settle at the tank’s bottom, reducing efficiency and shortening its lifespan. Regular flushing, ideally annually, helps remove this sediment. You can consult your trusted plumber regarding their flushing services.

Temperature Talk

Keeping your water heater’s temperature set too high can accelerate wear and tear. The temperature is set at around 120°F during water heater installation – hot enough for most needs but not so hot that it strains the system or scalds whoever uses the water heater.

Expand Your System’s Life

Consider installing an expansion tank, especially if you have a closed plumbing system. An expansion tank absorbs pressure fluctuations, reducing stress on your water heater and potentially extending its lifespan. An expansion tank might not be necessary if you’ve gotten a tankless water heater replacement, but it’s best to consult your plumber nonetheless.

Pressure Relief

Your water heater has a pressure relief valve, a safety feature that releases pressure if it gets too high. Test this valve annually by lifting the lever. If water comes out, then the valve is working. Otherwise, you might not require a water heater replacement, but the pressure relief valve might need to be checked.

Spot the Signs

Leaks, unusual noises, or rusty water can all indicate problems. Addressing these issues via prompt standard or tankless water heater repair can prevent minor problems from turning into major ones.

Regular Checkups

While you can handle some maintenance tasks yourself, consider scheduling professional inspections every few years. A plumber can check for internal corrosion, assess the anode rod, and check the wirings.

Contact Gold Star Plumbing & Drain and let us help you keep your water heater in good condition.



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