Establish a maintenance program to extend the life of your water heater. Most water heater failures are due to lime/sediment buildup, excessive pressure or corrosion.
To Reduce Lime/Sediment Buildup (Every 6 Months):
- Drain the tank through the drain valve until the water is clear.
- Inspect the tank for lime or sediment deposit either through the nipples or through the clean-out hole.
- Remove lime, scale or sediment using care not to damage the glass lining of the tank.
- Inspect the anode rod and replace as needed. Anode rods are designed to attract corrosive elements in the water and thereby diminish corrosion of your tank.
To Assure Relief Valve Operation (Every 12 Months):
Manually open the relief valve to flush any lime deposits that may have developed. Caution! Water can be extremely hot. Make certain the seat closes properly. Let it snap shut.