According to the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, the average life of a water heater is about 13 years. And with installation costing homeowners at least $900, you definitely want your unit to go the whole nine yards. If it fails before its time, that’s your money down the drain.
Of course, prolonging the life of any appliance often boils down to proper maintenance. Granite Bay plumbing contractors offer the following tips to help you get your money’s worth from your heater:
Lower the Temperature
Heater manufacturers tend to set their units at 140 degrees Fahrenheit, way too high for most operating circumstances. Take it a few notches down to 120 degrees Fahrenheit –the lower temperature will prevent your unit from overheating and reduce your electricity bills. Plus, you’ll be spared from the unpleasant surprise of being sprayed with scalding water the next time you shower.