The water heater is one of the most essential components of every home. However, most homeowners fail to realize the importance of maintaining their system. Give your water heater some extra love and attention this season. Here’s how to improve the quality of your water heater to ensure you have hot water at home when you need it most.
Drain your water heater of sediment
One of the biggest enemies of the water heater is sediment. Over time, sediment can form in the bottom of your water heater. Too much sediment can prevent the drain valve from working properly and may even affect the operating efficiency of your water heater, costing you extra money in the long run. To maintain the efficiency of your water heater and ensure the highest water quality for your home, the expert plumbers at Lindstrom Air suggest that it be drained and flushed free of sediment every 12 months.
Invest in a hot water recirculation pump
One way to improve the quality of your water heater is with a hot water recirculation pump. This device delivers hot water to your faucet without the wait. Mounted next to your faucet, the recirculation pump sends the faucet’s cooled water back to your water heater and quickly replaces it with a fresh supply of hot water. Now, when you turn the hot water tap, you get near-instantaneous hot water. Plumbing systems equipped with a recirculation pump reduce your hot water wait times between 60% and 80%.
Consider structured plumbing
Structured plumbing is another way to get hot water faster, especially in newer homes. With structured plumbing, your water heater is situated near the center of the house rather than in your garage. A one-inch main hot water line runs through the home and is connected to your faucets with a pipe. Whenever you need hot water, you simply switch on the hot water pump. This creates hot water faster as less water runs down the drain while you wait.
Keep up with routine maintenance
The easiest way to extend the life of your water heater is through routine maintenance. Yearly maintenance on your water heater ensures safe and proper performance to avoid future issues or water heater replacement altogether.
Be sure to perform the manufacturer’s recommended preventive maintenance on your systems and their components, and have any necessary repairs made quickly by a qualified professional. Water heater manufacturers require maintenance of your water heater to keep your manufacturer’s warranty valid.
No one likes to be splashed with cold water during the winter. That’s why here at Lindstrom, it’s our mission to keep your South Florida home’s water heater running smoothly and efficiently. Call us at (800) 813-1824 to schedule service today!