Everyone loves a steaming hot bath on a cold winter evening or cozying up in a clean, freshly washed blanket. Thanks to the hot water heater, those enjoyable moments are possible. The general lifespan of a hot water heater is 15 years, or more, so to ensure more enjoyable moments, it’s important to keep the water heater maintained and in proper working condition. There are also a few precautionary steps you can take to save energy, and save some money as well.     

The first step in maintaining your water heater is to complete routine checks and maintenance on the system. We recommend setting the water temperature gauge at 120 degrees Fahrenheit. It is an optimal temperature that can actually save some money on your utility bills, and ensure no scorching water as you step into the shower.

Another easy precaution to take for older model water heaters is to wrap them with a fiberglass insulation to prevent them from heating too often and boosting the energy efficiency. Newer models come equipped with insulation, so this step will not be necessary. There is a part on the water heater called the sacrificial anode rod. That piece of equipment can signal the first signs of wear, so there are a few steps to take to ensure the rod is clean and the water tank is functioning properly. We recommend examining the rod every two to three years to spot any signs of build up or problems inside. Here are what to look for on the sacrificial anode rod:

Calcium build up. Calcium from the water often leaves particles inside the water tank as well, so it may be a good idea to drain ¼ of water in the tank so that the particles are released.

Rod Thickness. If the sacrificial anode rod is less than ½” thick, it may be time to replace the rod, or have the Columbus plumbing professionals at Atlas Butler come take a look.

For more information about keeping your water heater maintained, contact the professionals at Atlas Butler. We are here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for all of your plumbing needs.