Installing a new water heater can be costly, so it’s important to take steps to prolong its functionality. There are a number of relatively inexpensive procedures that a specialist can perform to increase the lifespan of your water heater. Check out four examples of the things you can do:
Install a Second Anode Rod
By design, the anode rod deteriorates over time. It is a good idea to have a second one installed that can take over once the first one is gone.
Add an Expansion Tank
When water heats up it expands, causing extra stress on the sides of your tank. By adding an additional expansion tank, you give the extra pressure some place to go, putting less strain on the tank’s integrity.
Perform a System Flush
Clearing out your hot water system once a year can add years to your heater. Flushing out the tank removes sediment buildup that can corrode the tank and reduce the efficiency of your water heater.
Install a Pressure-Regulating Valve
A pressure valve controls the pressure at which hot water is released from your tank. When the pressure is too high, it can damage both your water heater and other appliances.
Through these relatively simple and affordable measures, you can put off getting a new water heater for years. Contact Keefe Plumbing Company in Chattanooga to speak to a water heater specialist to discover more ways you can extend the life of your water heater.