If you buy a water heater, you should expect it to last between eight and twelve years. Most tanks are eventually going to leak. In some cases, this could be a dramatic leak, but chances are that it would likely be a slower leak that occurs over time. However, with proper maintenance, it is possible to make your water heater last upwards of 15 to 20 years.
While there is never any guarantee when working with mechanical components, there are some definite benefits to performing regular maintenance on your water heater. These are some of the ways that you can expand the life of your water heater.
The use of an expansion tank
If you have a closed system, using an expansion tank can probably double the life of your water heater. If you have a closed system, it means that the water has nowhere to go. Water is not a very compressible material. This will cause rapid decreases and increases in water pressure. This is going to add some additional stress to your water heater and your plumbing system. That could lead to premature failure and damage.
The use of a temperature pressure release (TPR) valve
You can prevent corrosion and mineral buildup with frequent testing. You can release pressure buildup with a pressure relief valve (TPR valve). This is going to reduce the chance of leaks in your water tank drastically.
Cleaning or flushing your tank
If you have an older water tank, you can prevent sediment buildup (and thus assure higher tank efficiency) but flushing your tank once a year. Even though the newer models are self-cleaning, the older models certainly benefit from this.
Use water softener
There are some areas of Canada where the water is “hard.” This means that the water has a very high mineral content. This can lead to scaling, which means that more minerals are depositing themselves onto the surface of your appliances. This is going to reduce the life of your water heater drastically. In most cases, you can reduce the wear and tear on your water heater if you use a water softener.
Still need help?
If you notice you need a water heater replacement or just want professional maintenance, the courteous experts at Dr. Pipe Drain and Plumbing are able to help you with every step of the installation, repair, maintenance, or other factors that might be needed.