Proper maintenance of your water heater will allow for years of its usage and save money over time. This website offers tips and information on how to manage the system and what to watch in terms of the problems that may arise. Below is a list of water heater maintenance tips:
1. You must give your water storage tank heaters an insulating jacket. This can reduce standby heat losses associated with water heaters, and can result in almost 10% savings in energy costs. Fiberglass insulation is often used for this type of insulation.
2. Rinse the tank routinely. This ensures that the waste or sludge deposits in the tank is discarded before enough sediment accumulates to become a problem. To clean the storage tank heaters, all you have to do is turn off the power, disconnect the cold water, then use a hose to pump water into the tank through the drain valve using the temperature relief valve / pressure and the drainage outlet.
3. If you are using a gas heater, you need a manual to learn how to turn it on and off. The instructions for this are usually included in the product documentation. Knowing how to turn it on and off again means that you can leaver your heater off whenever you have to go on vacation or leave your house for an extended period of time.
4. If you leave your home for a long time and no one is using the water, you can turn off the thermostat on your heater.
5. With gas water heaters in your house you should constantly check that the ventilation is working properly.
6. Check your water heater rust, at least once a year. You can do this using the same procedure described in point number 2.
7. Check your anode rod from time to time. At some point it may eventually wear off and will need to be replaced due to corrosion that consumes it. You can check the level of consumption by simply draining some water from the tank until you can unscrew this rod from its position and get it out for visual inspection.
If the water-heating system you have is rather old, it is highly recommended to have it checked by a professional expert. The life of a typical hot water heater is about a decade, and quite often if these heater are not maintained properly they can eventually come to fault and flood your basement.