water heater maintenanceOwning a home comes with an assortment of burdens and tasks, as well as costs. There are so many different aspects that need constant upkeep or repair that it can sometimes feel like you’re drowning in repair bills. Finding the best ways to maximize your home’s efficiency while minimizing costs and maintenance is the ultimate goal for any homeowner.

One of the many costly tasks associated with maintaining a home can be your water heater. Improper care or neglect can lead to decreased efficiency on top of increased costs and headaches. The best way to make sure your water heater is the last thing on you need to worry about is to perform proactive water heater maintenance. Here are some tips to save energy and money, plus keeping your water heater running great.

Clean out the tank
One of the major problems with water heaters is that they eventually fill up with sediment and calcium deposits. You should make sure you flush out your tank every so often to make sure your tank is running efficiently and not costing you money. The way to do this is to first shut the power off and close the cold water supply valve. Then attach a drain hose to the tank’s drain cock. Next, you’ll want to drain the tank completely into a bucket. After you’ve emptied the tank, you will need to flush out the tank by opening the cold water supply valve and draining whatever comes out into the bucket. Do this a few times until clean water comes out of the hose. Now that the tank is clean you can close the drain cock, refill the tank, and turn the power back on. This will save a lot of hassle with other water heater maintenance as well.

Change the temp
Water tanks have a small temperature dial somewhere on the side of the tank. Locate it and remove the cover. Turn the temperature dial to 120 degrees with a flathead screwdriver. You can save up to 5% in energy costs for every 10 degrees you lower the temperature, and turning the water off or temperature down all the way during trips can save you a lot more.

If you’re still not satisfied with your water heater, consider a tankless water heater installation; most have a life expectancy of 20 plus years. Also, depending on who your water heater contractors may be, they could even provide regular maintenance. Talk with your provider today about water heater maintenance and/or installing a tankless water heater for your home.