What Can I Do To Maintain My Water Heater?

Several people have asked me to do an article on water heaters and how to maintain them. While we don’t install water heaters I’ll try to describe what can be done to make one last longer.  It does help if you periodically drain or flush the tank of sediment. The simplest method is to attach a hose to the valve at the bottom of the tank, turn it on and let it run till the water runs clear. Electric water heaters that quit working are easily fixed, usually by replacing the top heating element.  Heating elements are available in two different styles; standard and burn out resistant. Standard elements will burn out in short order if there is no water in the tank. People who have a problem with elements burning out and seasonal home owners should consider investing in burn out resistant elements. If your water heater seems to be producing less hot water, chances are the bottom element is burnt out. Your luck has run out if the tank itself is leaking, time for a new one. — David Nequette

Posted in Maintenance, Water Heaters

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