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Daily water use in your home is likely to take its toll on your Salisbury, MD water heater at some point. With a little care, however, you can make sure it runs efficiently for the expected life span of 15 years. Here are some of the steps you can take to care for your water heater.

Check the Temperature and Pressure Relief Valve

Present in gas as well as electric heaters, this valve is a safety device to prevent your water heater tank from over pressurizing and exploding. Every time pressure starts to build up in the tank, the temperature and pressure relief valve opens up and lets it out. To make sure it is functioning as it should, lift its tab briefly to discharge water. The water flow should stop after you let go. If it doesn’t, you’ll need a new valve installed.

Drain the Tank

Draining your water tank at least twice a year will get rid of any sediment and debris. Attach a hose to the drain valve and drain the water into a bucket. You may need to turn on the cold-water supply valve a few times for more water to remove all the sediment from the tank bottom. Once clean water starts pouring out of the hose, you know everything is clear.

Insulate the Water Pipes and the Water Heater

Adding insulation is essential for older units to ensure that you won’t need to replace the heater for a while yet. Wrap and seal a fiberglass cover or a foil-covered bubble wrap around the heater tank, taking care to leave the top open. Encase the hot water and cold water pipes in foam insulation.

Make Temperature Adjustments

You can save on energy costs by keeping the thermostat temperature at 120 degrees. Reduce it by 10% and get a 5% decrease in your bill. If you are going away for a while, remember to turn off the water heater beforehand.

To be on the safe side, seek professional assistance from Griffith Energy Services when it comes to some of these water heater maintenance steps. Call us for help with anything you need, including checking on your heater this winter.

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