You know what was built to last forever? Neither do we. But should we ever run across such an oddity, we’ll definitely share it with you.
In the meantime, we all need to continue taking care of what we own, and that includes your gas or electric storage tank water heater. Not that tankless water heaters don’t need looking after too, but not to the same degree as storage tank models.
That’s because storage tank water heaters are always on, maintaining the system’s preset temperature for the water it holds. That’s the only way it can provide you with the hot water you need, when you need it. Which is to say, your water heater is on the job 24/7, which helps explain why it has a relatively short expected lifespan: 10 – 15 years.
But don’t believe everything you read, because perhaps yours can last longer than that, and maybe even considerably longer. How? With an annual performance and safety inspection by Plumbtastic.
Here’s what we look for when inspecting your water heater:
- Water leaks or corrosion. If you spot water pooled around the base of your unit, call us right away because whatever is causing that leak isn’t going to fix itself. Water heater corrosion also can lead to a carbon monoxide leak, and that’s reason enough to have your system inspected once a year.
- Correct temperature setting. Our goal is to make sure you’re getting the hot water you need without anyone being at risk of scalding.
- Water pressure. Both low and high water pressure can cause you problems. If, for example, your cold water pressure is right where it should be but your hot water is coming out in a relative trickle, that’s a sign of internal tank corrosion or sediment build-up. And that’s a problem that needs to be addressed. High water pressure can also cause a water heater to explode. One very workable solution is to install a pressure relief valve. When your water heater is undergoing continuous use, such as during morning shower time, a lot of steam and moisture build up inside the tank. You might even hear it shake or rattle, the unmistakable sounds of pressure building up. Once the pressure hits a certain level, the pressure relief valve will open allowing steam and moisture to escape.
- Water emergency shut-off valve. This helps ensure safe operation.
- Anode rod. Your storage tank includes an anode rod that you can see protruding from the top of the tank. It’s also called a sacrificial anode rod because it literally sacrifices itself to internal rust and corrosion so the tank itself won’t rust or corrode. By checking this periodically, we can help extend the life of your water heater.
It’s not a terribly time consuming process. But an annual water heater inspection is essential to the system’s continued reliable performance along with the safety of your home and family. For more information or to schedule service, contact Plumbtastic today!