Winder, Georgia, families rely on their water heaters every day for routine tasks such as taking showers and washing dishes. This frequent use can lead to wear and tear, resulting in breakdowns. However, there are ways that homeowners can extend the lifespan of their water heaters.

Inspect the Water Heater Pressure Valve

If too much heat or pressure builds up inside your water heater, the heater’s temperature pressure relief valve will open to prevent damage and a possible explosion. This valve may not properly function if there is a build-up of sediment blocking the valve’s opening. You should check the valve several times a year. To do so, turn off your home’s gas or electricity, then open and close the valve.

If the valve is in good working order, it will release water when you open it. If it doesn’t release any water, contact an HVAC professional who can replace the valve. Replacing the valve is far less costly than replacing an entire water heater damaged by an explosion.

Install a Water Softener

If you have hard water, it is more likely to contain a build-up of minerals. These mineral deposits can damage the interior and cause it to break down sooner. Installing a water softener will reduce mineral build-ups and is a cheaper solution than replacing the heater.

Schedule Routine Maintenance

Routine maintenance will help your water heater last as long as possible and prevent costly damage. During a maintenance inspection, an HVAC professional will test the temperature relief valve and replace it when needed. They’ll also replace the anode rod if necessary. A water heater flush and tank cleaning are also part of the maintenance routine. If you have a gas heater, the HVAC expert will check the burner.

Here at Kovack Mechanical, Inc., our team of professionals is here to keep your water heater in good working order. Call us today to schedule a maintenance inspection or repairs.

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