There are a few ways to help prolong the life of your water heater and keep it in top working order. Following these six tips each year may help you to have longer tank life expectancy, lower energy bills and minimize damage as a result of water leak.
1. Know where your water heater is located
Not only should you know where the water heater is, you should have clear access to it, as sometimes it’s tucked away in an attic or basement and the plumbing is not easy to reach.
2. Know what type of water heater you have
You should know whether your water heater is natural gas, electric or propane, or whether it’s a storage tank type or a tankless water heater. Also, write down the model number and serial number of your water heater or at least know where this information is on the tank as it has the age and gallon capacity coded into it. This is important for warranty purposes and usually one of the first questions a plumber or water heater repair company will ask.
3. Know how to turn off the water
It’s a good idea, before you’re facing a water heater dilemma, to know how to shut off the water and the fuel or power supply to the water heater. This is important in the event of an emergency or if your water heater is leaking or you smell gas. There should be a gas valve or a disconnect switch within a few feet of the water heater. It’s also a good idea to know where your main gas shut-off valve is or which breaker is used for the water heater.
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