Now is the time to check and make sure your water heater is running correctly; After all, no one likes to take cold showers! The first step is to ensure your temperature settings are accurate. It is highly recommended that your water heater does not measure above 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Correct temperature settings will decrease the chances of scalding and reduce energy usage.
In order to avoid corrosion, which is one of the biggest problems when it comes to water heaters, is to drain at least 2 – 3 gallons from the water heater tank. Draining your tank will help eliminate residue that ultimately leads to corrosion, which in turn helps to keep your water heater running efficiently for a longer lifespan.
You should consider replacing your water heater if the unit is 15 years or older. Although it may seem costly up front, a newer unit will help to save money on your monthly energy bill due to running much more efficiently than an older model. A newer unit is also much less likely to get damaged and/or need repairs, which can get expensive.