Savings and Appliances
Most people visit their water heaters only if the hot water stops. Check yours. If you notice a puddle of water around the bottom of the tank, it probably indicates a leak caused by corrosion-a sure sign of old age and the most common reason for replacing the tank. If the tank wall is corroding, more problems are coming, and it's time to retire the tank and get an energy saving model.
Water heaters last about 15 years with proper care. To clear out any sediment, flush a few quarts of water from the drain valve at the bottom of the tank into a bucket about every six months - maybe when you change fire alarm batteries around the house. Also operate the pressure relief valve at the top of the tank. Don't worry if a little water leaks out; that means it's working. Also close and e open the cold water inlet valve at the top, so you are sure it’s easy to operate in an emergency. Read on to learn how drops can cost you dollars! $ $ $Printable PDF