• Flush the Tank: Drain and flush your water heater once a year to remove sediment buildup. This helps keep it running efficiently and prevents problems down the road.
  • Check for Leaks: Regularly inspect the water heater for any signs of leaks or water puddles. If you notice anything unusual, it’s best to get it checked out by a professional plumber.
  • Adjust Temperature: Check the temperature setting on your water heater and adjust it to around 120°F (49°C) to prevent scalding and save energy. Most water heaters have a dial for temperature adjustment.
  • Inspect the Pressure Relief Valve: Ensure the pressure relief valve is functioning properly by testing it. Lift the lever briefly to release a small amount of water and then verify it closes tightly when released.
  • Look for Rust and Corrosion: Examine the exterior of your water heater for any signs of rust or corrosion. Rust can weaken the tank over time, potentially leading to leaks. If you notice any rust spots, it’s important to address them promptly to prevent further damage.
  • Insulate Hot Water Pipes: Consider insulating the hot water pipes connected to your water heater. This helps reduce heat loss and can save you money on your energy bills.
  • Schedule Professional Maintenance: If your water heater needs servicing, call Twin City Plumbing and Heating for assistance at 978-855-5561.

By following these simple steps, you can help maintain your water heater and ensure it provides reliable hot water for years to come.