Getting the Most Out of Your Water Heater This Winter?

Despite a mild start, the Farmer’s Almanac predicts, this winter could involve some heavy snowstorms and extremely low temperatures, meaning your water heater is more important than ever this year. A well-maintained water heater can last over a decade so here are some things to keep in mind this winter.

  • The age of your water heater can make a difference in how fast your water gets hot. The normal age range for optimum water heating is between 8 and 12 years. Most people aren’t sure how old their water heater is but become aware that it might not be getting the job done as quickly and efficiently as it once did. If your water heater is on the tail end of its life span, check out Isley Plumbing for installation information. Being proactive when it comes to your water heater’s performance can help you alleviate the cold winter day that it just quits working.

  • Softening your water can make a huge difference on the life of your water heater, too. Hard water can put a strain on your water heater, leaving crystallization and wear on your appliance. Installing a water softener is your best bet on this one to help extend the life of your water heater as well as help with many other things in your home.

  • A simple but often overlooked part of maintenance is appropriately setting the thermostat of your water heater. Many homeowners set their water heaters too high, resulting in your heater working harder than it needs to. This also causes scalding water and higher bills.

  • The anode rod, something you might have never heard of, is a critical piece of any functioning water heater. The anode rod essentially prevents corrosion on the inner walls of your tank. Over time, the anode rod wears naturally and could cause a need for replacement every few years. A small thing to remember, but if not replaced when worn, the efficiency of your water heater will decrease.

  • Did you know more than your toilet might need a flush every now and then? Water heaters require a flush every one to three years depending on use and model. A flush can release the buildup of minerals, allowing your water heater to work more efficiently. Although it can be done by a nonprofessional, it is often recommended to have a professional flush your water heater.

Isley Plumbing has been the go-to plumber for water heater maintenance, repair and replacement for four generations. If you begin to see a change in your water heater’s performance, give us a call at 317-420-4006 or contact us online to schedule an appointment today for water heater repair or installation!