Home sellers will polish their domicile to make it as appealing as possible. New paint and other cosmetic touches will hope to allure perspective buyers to purchase their offering. The eventual buyer will have considered price, the number of bed and baths, and a myriad of other factors in the determination that a bid should be tendered. Some intangible factors become evident only upon moving in. One of the comforts that will reveal itself to be sufficient upon living in the house is the supply of hot water.
Every family has their own particulars in the area of the daily schedule. The morning routine is one of the more vital rituals in the household. The ability of a hot water heater to be sufficient for the demand in the early hours is rarely considered in home purchases. At most, a cursory glance is afforded to make sure that the outside appearance of the tank is not dilapidated. Funds are tied up with the purchase of the home and a list of renovation projects. However there exist a few cost effective measure to maximise the current water heater and maintain the budget for other projects.
Upon the decision to sell a home, most previous owners will only do maintenance to make sure that the dwelling sells. The hot water tank is one of the items often neglected once the home goes on the market. As the new owner, a thrifty proactive step to extending the life of the water heater is to drain and clean the tank.
Older tanks and tanks of cheaper construction rely on plastic valves to drain the tank. This often original manufacturer part will become brittle and can break upon actuation. The purchase of a small outlet pipe with a ball valve will guarantee this stage of maintenance will go smoother. A screwdriver or clothes hanger may be needed to help break of larger chunks of sediment before attaching the new ball valve assembly. Continual cycles of flushing will expel the sediment that has gathered at the bottom of the tank. When the water comes out clear, the tank is clean and will operate at increased efficiency.
The anode rod should be changed immediately. An inexpensive part that prevents an expensive action. The rod attracts corrosion to it instead of the walls of the inner tank. A rarely documented occurrence results in not knowing when or if it has ever been replaced. The life of your tank will be increased by the anode rod replacement.
Certain aspects of maintenance should only be done by a professional. Time and pressure release valves are best to be inspected by a qualified service person. Any heater that relies on a gas ignition system should also be left to the professionals. A good rule of thumb is that any equipment that can cause catastrophic results upon failure should be left to a specialist. Other areas of the budget can be stretched to accommodate this necessity for household safety.
While not the most glorious aspect of home ownership, preventive maintenance to the hot water heater will increase the quality of life for household members. These budget friendly steps can extend the life of the water heater and save money. The savings will enable more renovation projects down the road to occur.