The life expectancy of the average household water heater is eight to twelve years. In order to get the most out of your water heater, here are a few maintenance tips that can increase the efficiency and cleanliness of your hot water heater.

Setting the Temperature – Generally, the default temperature setting on a water heater is 140 degrees Fahrenheit. This is unnecessary. Most households can easily get by with setting it to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. This helps lower your utility bills, causes less strain on the water heater, and prevents any accidental scaldings (especially good for homes with children).
Insulation – Having a properly insulated water heater can dramatically improve the efficiency of the unit. If the unit is not already properly insulated, contact your local technician to have the insulation put in. It will save you money in the long run and is affordable.
Check the Anode Rod – The anode rod is the large metal pipe that maintains the cleanliness of the unit. It is located in the top of the water heater. The anode rod should be checked annually to see if it needs to be replaced.
Flush the System – This can be a relatively complicated procedure, so make sure to call a professional to flush the system once in a while. Flushing the water heater cleans out built-up sediments that decrease the efficiency of the unit. Having this done will increase the life expectancy of your water heater.
Check the Expiration Date – Many people are unaware of the average life expectancy of their home water heaters. If your water heater is more than eight years old, it is time to consider changing the unit. If it is older than twelve years, it more than likely has to be changed not just for energy efficiency, but for your health and safety.
By following these five simple suggestions, you will be able to make sure that your hot water heater is running as smoothly and efficiently as possible. You will also be able to ensure that the water you are drinking and cleaning with is clean.

For any concerns regarding your water heater in Cecil County MD, contact us at Elkton Plumbing. We have years of experience in the industry, and would be glad to answer any questions you may have. Give us a call today 443-256-9942!

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