Regular indoor maintenance ensures systems work efficiently when you rely on them throughout the year. A home’s hot water heater is just one of those systems that could use some help right now.

Whether you are maintaining an older hot water heater, or considering the purchase of a new, higher efficiency model, here are a few tips to consider.

Maintenance questions – It is important to learn what is necessary when it comes to maintaining your hot water system. Do you need to replace parts, or have the system flushed or cleaned? Are there any calibration adjustments that a professional plumber should perform? These are good questions to explore.

Warranties and contracts – Make sure you adhere to maintenance contracts that are required for a warranty. Review these documents and follow the recommended guidelines, just as you would the maintenance schedule for your car.

Give it a Flush – Flushing the hot water heater monthly will prevent sediment from building up inside. Here’s an important tip: the normal valve commonly found on a conventional water heater doesn’t open wide enough to let all the particles out. A better option is to have your plumber install a Wide-Open Valve, which opens larger and also has a hose connection to easily direct the water away from the system.

Water softeners – Hard water deposits leave behind residue and can negatively affect the performance of your hot water heater. Get your water tested, and consider a softener system to avoid corrosion on the inside of your water heater.

Pressure regulating valves – If the water pressure in your home is high, it may damage your appliances and also cause your water heater to fail. A pressure regulating valve regulates water pressure through the entire plumbing system, and should be installed by a qualified plumber.

Consider retirement – Conventional water heaters may last around ten years, so if your unit is older than that, you will probably see a significant energy savings by replacing it, sometimes as much as 20%. Conventional water heaters need to run all day to keep water hot and ready for you, accounting for almost 30% of a home’s energy bill. The tankless water heater systems quickly heat water right when you need it, and take up much less space in the utility room, and often have a longer warranty. Consult with a plumbing specialist to determine the flow rate and which system will meet that need.

Protect you investment with some simple DIY maintenance; but rely on a qualified plumber to help maintain your hot water heater in the best condition. Call Naugle Plumbing & Heating to schedule a checkup for your hot water heater today.