Get the Most out of your Water Heater

Having a shower on a cool winter morning and suddenly discover that there is no hot water is one of the worst things that can happen to anyone. Or, while showering the hot water suddenly stop when you are all soaped up. Disaster.

Get the Most out of your Water Heater


  • The fact is that most of us forget that water heaters like all other appliances has a specific life expectancy. For water heaters this is around eight to twelve years depending on your maintenance program. Using a skilled and professional team such as You Plumbing to maintain your water heater at regular intervals can eliminate this from happening. It will also ensure that you get the best from your heater as far as efficiency and cleanliness is concerned.

    Maintenance is simple and the following few ideas can save you a lot of money in replacement as well as making sure you always have hot water on tap.

  • Set the temperature at around the 48 degrees celsius. This is the most comfortable setting for most home owners and you will see a huge saving on your energy bill. Accidents, like scalding is totally eliminated at this setting.

  • Temperature Pressure Relief Valve should be released every 3-6 months to ensure the valve is still working correctly, and getting the valve replaced in intervals not exceeding 5 yrs, this  is one of the more important aspects of the heater as it is the safety valve for the heater against high pressure and high temperature.

  • Ensure that all of the pipes and heater itself is properly insulated to further improve its efficiency. Again this simple and inexpensive task will save you a lot of money over the life of the water heater.

  • Often forgotten is the all important Anode Rod. This metal pipe is located at the top of the water heater and its function absorb minerals in  the water to stop rusting out the tank also to maintain the cleanliness of the heater. The team at You Plumbing normally advise clients to check and replace in intervals between 5-7yrs.

  • The entire water system should be flushed by a professional every one to three years. This is more complicated than the other maintenance procedures and flushing will remove all sediments that effectively reduce the efficiency of the water heater.

    You are advised to check the expiration date of their water heaters. Once it reached the age of around eight years it may become something worth replacing by a skilled and professional plumbing team.

  • Following these simple maintenance tips can ensure trouble free showers and hot water supply to you.