Extending Your Water Heater’s Lifespan


The lifespan of a typical commercial water heater is 3 to 5 years, however, there are ways to extend that by taking proper care and maintenance. In addition, if you purchase a new water heater that makes use of the latest technologies, this duration can be longer. Water heaters perform a critical function for our businesses, from ensuring there is enough warm water for washing and sanitization purposes and allowing restaurants to serve piping hot drinks. By taking some simple yet essential maintenance steps, it is possible to extend your water heater’s lifespan.

Conduct A Basic Check Annually

Do you already have annual maintenance checks scheduled for your water heater? If so, great. One benefit of regular checks is that any minor problems can be detected timely and resolved before things get out of hand. Even if you engage a professional to do the job, you may want to conduct a basic check by yourself annually. Below is a list of parts to pay special attention to:

  • Temperature settings
  • Temperature pressure release valve
  • Insulation issues in the pipes and tank
  • Anode rod (however, the Brigade does not require an anode rod)

Drain and Flush Your Water Heater Regularly

After conducting a check and ensuring that everything is functioning as it should be, it’s time to drain and flush your water heater. This should ideally be done at least once a year as well. As your water heater stores a full tank, day and night, it’s inevitable that sediment will build up within the tank. If left to fester, this sediment will coat the interior of the tank as well as the anode rod. Bits can also float about in the water, alerting you with a rumbling noise.

It goes without saying that this problem can reduce the efficiency of your tank and cause other problems. Simply by draining and flushing your water heater regularly, you are investing in a prolonged lifespan for it.

Replace the Anode Rod Every Three Years

Within every tank is an anode rod with a steel core and a magnesium or aluminum coating. Its purpose to is slow down the process of corrosion, and it is able to do this through an electro-chemical reaction that prevents it from rusting. If the anode rod itself starts rusting, it’s unable to protect your tank from corrosion. As such, a best practice would be to get it replaced every three to five years by a professional plumber, who can inspect your tank and let you know if the anode rod is still serving you well.

Do You Require A Replacement Commercial Water Heater?

Despite your best efforts, sometimes getting a replacement can be the best choice. Maybe your water heater is too old, or maybe it is causing more trouble than it is worth. When that is the case, you want a water heater that is efficient, cost-effective, and suitable for your premises. Look no further than Water Heating Direct. All our products are designed with the most advanced technologies and with the needs of commercial customers in mind. Please feel free to contact us today for more information.