Chances are you have only thought about your water heater if you have had a problem with it. But if you want to save money and avoid being without hot water, you should make a point of performing regular water heater maintenance to avoid these three traditional water heater problems.
Problem #1: Scalding Hot Water
Depending on who installed your traditional water heater and when it was installed, the temperature setting may be too high. The default temperature setting for many traditional water heaters is 140 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. Not only does this increase your risk of experiencing scalding hot water, it is also wasteful.
The fix: Your traditional water heater should be set around 115-120 degrees. This will reduce the chances of your water heater overheating; eliminate the risk of being scalded from hot water, and save you up to 5% on your energy bills.
Problem #2: Buildup of Sediment
When water is heated, it intensifies the buildup of hard water scale and sediment. Therefore, it is natural for a traditional water heater to accumulate a buildup of sediment on its internal components. This can be further worsened in places with hard water. This buildup reduces efficiency and can shorten your water heater's lifespan.
The fix: Flush your water heater once a year and get an annual professional water heater tune-up. During the tune-up, the plumber should check and clean internal components as well as look for leaks.
Problem #3: Inefficient Heating
Traditional water heaters are more inefficient than their tankless counterparts for one main reason: standby heat loss. The water that is stored in the tank begins to cool when it is not used immediately. The traditional water heater must then re-heat the water to the set temperature.
The fix: Wrap your traditional water heater in an insulating blanket. This will reduce the standby heat loss by trapping the heat inside the tank. However, the only way to eliminate the problem completely is to upgrade to a tankless water heater.
Do not wait until it is too late. Perform regular maintenance and you can prevent these three common traditional water heater problems from plaguing your home.