I’ve always heard that if you maintain your water heater, it will last longer. What does that mean? – Allison from Louisiana
Performing simple routine maintenance on your water heater can make it last longer and keep small problems from turning into big ones. Check all the pipe connections and valves for leaks once a month. On gas models, be sure the vent pipe is properly installed and there are no obstructions. Every year open the pressure relief valve on top of the tank for a few seconds to be sure hot water comes out of the overflow pipe. Finally, periodically drain a bucket of water from the faucet at the bottom of the water heater to remove any sediment buildup.
For more information, see our article on Water Heater Maintenance.