Increasing the lifespan of any appliance is always bonus, but ensuring they are well-kept to have them operating accordingly through their projected lifespan is the goal. Hard water problems on many of your appliances can be a detriment and cut down the lifespan. The water heater, for example, is a major appliance that can be negatively impacted by hard water, and they are an expensive appliance to replace. Preventing the buildup of sediment can keep your water heater in good condition and preserve it for the duration of its lifespan and maybe more. Today, we at AAA Water Team would like to offer some tips to help you control the sediment buildup on your water heater.
Water Heater Sediment Flush
Ideally done twice a year to prevent sediment build up, flushing the water heater should be on your maintenance list. To remove any floating particles, the unit will need to be completely drained. Be sure to shut off the electricity, or gas, to the heater unit before you drain it. To ensure that no more water enters the tank while you begin the process of flushing, you will need to switch off the cold-water supply valve. However, in nearby sink or tub, it is handy to run hot water as you conduct the procedure to avoid a vacuum while you drain. Use caution as this water will be dangerously hot, connect a hose to the drainage valve and lead it to a safe place to drain; outside or into a bucket. Drain the unit and flush by turning on the cold-water valve until the water runs clear and free of sediment. After it is flushed, remove the hose and power the unit back on.
Clean Hot Water Heater with Vinegar
Vinegar can help dissolve sediment residues in addition to using it daily to prevent the sediment buildup and cleaning the hard water stains. After draining the unit and closing the drain valve, you can benefit from pouring a gallon of cider vinegar into the tank and let it set for 6 hours to let the vinegar soak, proceed to flushing steps before restoring the unit.
Maintenance of Hot Water Heater Temperature Settings
Setting the thermostat too high contributes to the scale buildup. Water heater manufacturers suggest 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Higher temperatures promote sediment buildup as the hotter the temperatures increase mineral and calcium deposits. Avoid buildup by controlling the temperatures.
Water Softener Installation
Maintenance and prevention are always recommended to keep the sediment buildup at bay. However, for long-term prevention to combat the sediment accumulation, consider a water softening investment. The water softener removes the ions that cause hard water, which also impacts pipes, faucets, and other appliances. The excess calcium, magnesium, and other minerals are filtered out and exchanged for sodium ions. Though some may view the water softener system as a more expensive remedy, with so many additional advantages, the water softener system is well worth the investment.