Heater Maintenance: How to Keep your Appliance Working

Heater maintenance is necessary to ensure your appliance works efficiently for many years. Here are a few tips to help you keep your heater in great condition. 


You need to insulate your heater especially if you have an older unit. Most new models are already insulated. A fiberglass jacket will offer adequate insulation. Insulating will improve efficiency. Avoid touching the flue when insulating the appliance. Click here for more information on how to insulate your appliance. 

Flush Tank

It is also important to flush the tank to eliminate any debris and sediment that may have accumulated. This heater maintenance step will improve energy efficiency and unclog water lines. Your appliance will also last longer if you flush the tank regularly. Make sure you turn off the power or gas before flushing. Your appliance will operate quietly once you flush the tank. Go online for step-by-step instructions. 


Adjust Thermostat

This is particularly important if you travel frequently. Adjust your thermostat to its vacation setting if you intend to be away from home for a few days. This setting allows the pilot lighting on your appliance to remain on but it will not heat any water. You also need to change the thermostat to 120 degrees when you are home. This can save you a lot of money in the long term. Visit this site to learn more about adjusting your water heater thermostat. 


Inspect Sacrificial Anode Rod

You also need to inspect the sacrificial anode rod on the appliance as part of the heater maintenance procedure. This should be done at least once in three years. Click here for more details. 


Test Temperature-Pressure Relief Valve

Test the relief valve every year. You also need to examine the valve for any leaks because they can affect performance. Read more about testing this valve on this site.