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As a homeowner, nothing is more frustrating than having an issue with a major appliance, especially a hot water heater. Typically the average lifespan of a water heater is around eight to 12 years, but we all know sometimes your water heater has a mind of its own. Hot water heater replacements can be expensive. The experts at Ace Hi Plumbing have been serving northern and central Colorado for over 25 years and have the tips to help you extend the life of your hot water heater.

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Routine Water Heater Maintenance

Doing routine maintenance checks on your hot water heater does not always require a call to the professionals. You can do a quick inspection of your water heater by simply looking for signs of water damage or leaks. Checking for wear and tear such as cracks is also very important to extending the life of your heater. Catching these problems early on can allow you to get a water heater repair without causing additional damage to the appliance or your home.

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Flush the Tank

Flushing your water heater’s tank is also a task you can easily perform yourself as a homeowner. Every six to 12 months, carefully drain a few gallons of water out of your hot water tank into a bucket. Check the water for dirt and other debris. If dirt or debris accumulates it can affect the efficiency of your water heater. If this is detected, a full tank clean will need to be performed.

If you have a newer model of hot water heater that is the self cleaning type, a routine flush every three years is still recommended to extend the life and performance of your hot water heater.

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Check the Anode Rod

An anode rod is an important component of your hot water tank. It is installed to prevent the water heater tank from rusting by attracting all the corrosion before it reaches the steel tank. If this component is fully rusted and you do not realize it, then your tank can suffer rust and irreversible damage resulting in a hot water heater replacement having to be installed.

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Add an Expansion Tank

When water is heated up, it can rapidly expand. If you have a closed system water heater that does not backflow into the main line, there is not a viable route for the water to go when it is expanding. This frequent change in pressure can put stress on the unit, resulting in a shorter life span. By adding in an expansion tank, you are providing additional space for the water to go, increasing your hot water capacity while protecting your plumbing.

Our hot water heaters are a vital part of our everyday lives. When your water heater fails, then you are inconvenienced for a variety of everyday tasks like showering, dishes, and even laundry. With our constant usage of hot water, our hot water heater’s health should be a main priority. Performing these simple maintenance tips can help you keep an eye on your water heater’s overall function. If you are noticing any issue with your hot water heater, please contact the experts at Hi Ace Plumbing.