Hot water tanks generally only last anywhere from 8 to 12 years, a timeframe that is far less than many other household appliances. However, if you properly maintain and care for your water heater, it's not unusual for this lifespan to double. And considering the average hot water tank price is over $1,000 with installation, it makes sense to invest a little time and money each year to prolong its overall life. Here's a look at how to best care for it.
Flush the Tank
This is perhaps the best thing you can do to prolong the life of your water tank. That's because over time, sediment builds up at the tank's bottom, which can cause it to rust out. Attach a hose to your tank and drain it into a laundry tub or floor drain, then use cold water to wash out all the sediment at the bottom of the tank. Once the water runs clean, you're good to close the drain and refill the tank. If you have not done this step in a while, we recommend skipping this to prevent damage to your water heater.
Check the Anode Rod
Anode rods help protect your water heater from rusting. They're located on the top of the heater. Drain out a few gallons of water, then unscrew the rod. If it's coated in calcium or deteriorating, buy a new one and re-install it.
Count on a Professional
The best advice is to schedule a water heater inspection with a professional plumber. They can perform all the above tasks and make sure the tests are performed correctly. For more information on caring for your hot water tank, contact SSI today. We're also pleased to offer hot water tank care as part of our plumbing membership. Contact us today for more information.