Keep It Hot: 2 Preventative Steps You Can Take To Help Your Water Heater Last Longer

Water heaters are so reliable that you probably don't even give yours a second-thought. You know that when you turn the hot water faucet on, you'll get hot water. That is, until your water heater breaks down. The last thing you want is for your water heater to break down while you're in the middle of a shower. Luckily, with some preventative care, you can help prevent costly repairs and help your water heater last longer. Here are two simple steps you can take to keep your water heater in good working order.

Install a Water Softener

If you have hard water in your home, you could be decreasing the lifespan of your water heater. Hard water causes scaling, which are those white deposits that form on water pipes. That same scaling can occur inside your water heater. Over time, those hard water deposits can break apart. When that happens, the heat will cause them to pop inside the tank, which can break the glass heating compartment. Installing a water softener will prevent hard water deposits and help prolong the life of your water heater.

Flush the Tank

You might think that your water heater would stay clean since it's a contained unit. Unfortunately, that's not correct. Dirt and sediment can build up inside the tank. Rust can also develop inside the tank. To keep your water heater working properly, you should drain and flush the tank at least once a year. Draining and flushing the tank will remove the dirt and debris that can damage your tank. Here are some step-by-step instructions for you to follow.


  1. Turn your water heater off by turning the valve to the off position.
  2. Turn the water off to the water heater.
  3. Turn a hot water faucet to the on position inside your home.
  4. Attach a garden hose to the drain valve located on the outside of the water heater.
  5. Run the hose out to your yard so that the water can drain in a safe location.
  6. Open the drain valve and allow the water to flow from the tank.
  7. Once the tank is empty, turn the water back on to the water heater.
  8. With the hose still attached, allow the water to flush through the tank for about 15 minutes.
  9. Close the drain valve and remove the garden hose.
  10. Allow the tank to refill.
  11. Turn your water heater back on.

You depend on your water heater. Use the simple steps provided above to keep your water heater working properly. For other tips on how to help your water heater last longer, be sure to speak to a plumber in your area or a company like ABEL Plumbing Inc