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How to Prevent Premature Water Heater Failure

Since most water heaters have a lifespan of around 10 to 12 years, they start to develop signs of deterioration once they’ve crossed the 10-year line. So, are there ways to best manage your unit and maximize its service life? The experts at Kennedy Plumbing Services list some tips to stay ahead of wear and tear while keeping a well-maintained heater.

Inspect the Anode Rod

Part of our water heater services is inspecting the anode rod. It adds an extra layer of your protection to your unit, but once it’s deteriorated, it puts your tank at risk of rust and corrosion. As a general rule of thumb, you should replace this sacrificial rod every three to five years, but you may need to change it sooner if you have hard water in your home.

Flush the Tank

Heating water can cause minerals in the water to settle on the bottom of the tank. This sediment accumulation will not only make the unit less efficient, but it can also eventually cause damage and result in water heater repair in Florence, KY. To keep the water heater in good working condition, flush the tank at least once a year.

Ensure Correct Heater Size

An improperly sized water heater will end up overworking to meet your needs, causing wear-out and premature failure. Talk to a professional from Kennedy Plumbing Services about whether you got the right size for your water heater installation.

Keep the Water Pressure in Check

Make sure your home’s water pressure is 80 psi or below. Water pressure that’s any higher can result in a damaged or broken hot water heater. Also, see if your temperature and pressure (T&P) valve is working properly. If you notice leaks on the valve, seek professional help immediately.

Know When It’s Time for a Replacement

Just like any appliance, water heaters go through wear and tear over time. If you notice red flags like recurring leaks, rust, or higher electricity bills, it may be time to make an upgrade. At Kennedy Plumbing Services, we recommend a tankless water heater because it’s more efficient and cost-saving than its traditional counterparts. It heats water on-demand, and only consumes energy when it’s used.

Kennedy Plumbing Services offers a comprehensive range of services, from repair to maintenance, to help you make the most of your water heater. Contact our team today to schedule an appointment.

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