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Water Heater 101


Your water heater can last longer with some easy, routine care. Get some valuable tips and tricks with this Water Heater 101.

Water heaters often work perfectly for a decade or more without care, so they’re easy to neglect. But, several easy and inexpensive ways exist to increase a water heater’s efficiency and lifespan. Some things only need to be done once, while others must be done yearly. Albuquerque Plumbing, Heating, & Cooling wants you to know Water Heater 101. A few upgrades/additions and a few minutes of maintenance can pay off by extending the tank’s lifespan and all the while maintaining your water heater efficiency and safety.

Water Heater Maintenance – Once and Done

Set the Temperature: The Department of Energy recommends setting your water heater temperature to 120 degrees. This lowers its energy use and is still warm for most household uses.

Add Insulation: Adding insulation reduces heat loss by up to 45 percent and can shave as much as 9 percent off water-heating costs.

Use an Expansion Tank: On a closed system, installing one of these will help relieve some of the pressure from the main tank, increasing its lifespan.

Install a Second Anode Rod: If you don’t know what an anode rod is, you probably don’t know why you need a second one. But trust us, this is the thing that helps your water heater avoid corrosion. More on this in the next section because you only have to install it once, but they will need to be checked yearly.

Many of these things can be done on your own, but if you want or need help, just give us a call.

Annual Water Heater Maintenance Tasks

Check Anode Rod: This piece is made of different types of metal and sacrifices itself to save the rest of the water tank. They need to be checked each year and replaced when worn down. If the anode rod is not being “eaten” by rust, the rest of the tank is.

Flush/Clean Tank: Sediments will build up in the water tank over the year. Flushing the debris will improve the efficiency and longevity of your water heater.

Contact Albuquerque Plumbing, Heating & Cooling For Water Heater Help Today!

If you’ve been looking for fast and reliable help with all your water heater needs, you’ve come to the right place! The plumbing professionals at Albuquerque Plumbing, Heating & Cooling are the ones to call! Contact our team of professional water heater specialists today!

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