Posted: June 3, 2024

What Upkeep Do Water Heaters Need?

Water heater maintenance you can handle yourself!

water heater Cumberland County, PA There are certain home comfort products that it’s hard to live without. When the temperatures plunge in a Pennsylvania winter, you need a working furnace or boiler. Similarly, an air conditioning system is a must on the hottest days of the summer.

However, your water heater is essential just about every day of the year. You need it for warm showers, hot water taps, your washer and dishwasher —to name some of its crucial uses. In Cumberland County and elsewhere in Central or Southeastern Pennsylvania, Koppy’s Propane helps maintain and repair traditional and tankless water heaters. We also help families upgrade to more efficient, higher-performance systems.

Generally, traditional storage tank water heaters last about eight to 12 years. Tankless systems have longer lifespans. Some of the most common causes of water heater failure are:

  • Internal tank corrosion
  • A too-small appliance
  • High water pressure
  • Sediment accumulation
  • Improper venting

Here are three simple steps you can take to ensure your water heater is getting the upkeep it needs.

Flush Your Water Heater Tank.

Every year, you should flush your traditional water heater, which removes sediment that’s built up and slows internal corrosion.
Individual products may have slight variations on the flushing process, but here is a general outline:

  1. Set your water heater’s burner to Off or Pilot and close the cold-water supply valve.
  2. Connect a garden hose to the drain valve. Run it outside or to a drain in your home.
  3. Run hot water from a tap in your home to prevent a vacuum from forming in your tank.
  4. Open the water heater’s drain valve. The water coming from the hose will be hot, so don’t let pets or children near it.
  5. Once the tank is empty, turn the water supply back on to flush the tank. Keep running water through the tank until there is no longer sediment coming out of the hose.
  6. Close your drain valve, fill the tank and turn on the water heater’s burner.

Tankless water heaters also need to be flushed regularly. Consult your owner’s manual for specific guidelines.

Be Smart with Your Temperature Settings.

Many homeowners are unaware of the impact that smart adjustments to your water heater thermostat can make. After all, heating water comprises almost one-fifth of the average U.S. home’s energy spending. Adjusting your water temperatures down can lower your propane usage and slow down wear and tear on your unit.

The U.S. Department of Energy suggests setting your water heater temperature to 120ºF instead of the manufacturing default of 140ºF. They estimate it can save over $400 over the life of your water heater.

Additionally, you should always set your water heater to Vacation mode when you’re away from home.

Arrange Regular Water Heater Maintenance.

As you would with your home heating equipment, it’s good to arrange an annual visit from a Koppy’s Propane technician for water heater maintenance. This service will keep your equipment running efficiently and help extend its service life.

Koppy’s Knows Water Heater Upgrades

If your water heater is over 10 years old, you may want to start thinking about a replacement. You don’t want to wait until your current unit fails, leaving you without hot water until you arrange a new system installation.

At Koppy’s Propane, we can upgrade your hot water equipment to a high-efficiency traditional model or even a tankless water heater, which produces virtually unlimited hot water with less energy.

Reach out to the Koppy’s team today to look at your water heater replacement options.